The Muppets go on a world tour, where Kermit is imprisoned and replaced by an evil frog who plans to steal the crown jewels of England.
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Directed by James Bobin
Written by James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller
Starring Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz,
Bill Barretta, Matt Vogel, Peter Linz, Ricky Gervais,
Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Jemaine Clement, Danny Trejo, Ray Liotta
Sequel to 2011's The Muppets
I happen to be a huge Muppet fan and I found this film to be annoying and self-serving. It had virtually none of the witty charm the Muppets have always been known for and instead relied on forgettable musical numbers and celebrity cameos for humor. Even with help from hilarious comedians like Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey, this film was not up to snuff.
Muppets Most Wanted revolved around an evil Kermit doppelganger called Constantine who wanted to steal the crown jewels while impersonating Kermit. His character was ripe for comedy gold, but ended up being nothing more than a Russian caricature (much like Tina Fey's character Nadya). While Ricky Gervais's character of Dominic Badguy was pretty entertaining, it just felt like he was out of place, almost like his character belonged in a different movie.
Then there's the outrageous number of celebrity cameos. I enjoy the occasional cameo, but this was ridiculous. This film was crashed by enough actors to film an entirely different movie. Just to name a few, Christoph Waltz, Salma Hayek, Lady Gaga, Usher, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Celine Dion, Tom Hiddleston, Chloe Grace Moretz, James McAvoy, Frank Langella, Zach Galifianakis, Stanley Tucci, and Tony Bennett. I'm out of breath just writing them down. In the end, Muppets Most Wanted was almost like a parody of the Muppets themselves. While that could have resulted in a great outcome had it been done intentionally, the finished product simply comes across as a misfire.