The madcap Muppets are back with their trademark blend of innocent wonder, gleeful musical spoofs and cheesy jokes for a follow-up to their 2011 big-screen return, aided by a roster of game-for-a-laugh stars in cameos and supporting roles.
In Muppets Most Wanted Ricky Gervais plays the shifty Dominic Badguy (‘pronounced ‘Bad-gee; it’s French’) who gets the plot rolling by hoodwinking the Muppet gang into going on a global tour. Sure enough, it’s all a ruse to pull off a string of heists in European capital cities and the hapless Kermit find himself banged up in a Siberian gulag, his place in the troupe replaced by a dastardly lookalike, fiendish Russian criminal mastermind Constantine. Naturally, the naively trusting Muppets fail to spot the imposture, despite Constantine’s thick accent and all-round dodgy behaviour.
Truth be told, the film’s a bit dodgy, too. The gags and songs are not as funny as last time around and the plot drags from time to time, but Tina Fey is great fun as a Broadway-loving gulag guard and the Muppets are as adorable as ever.
Certificate U. Runtime 113 mins. Director James Bobin.
Released on Blu-ray & DVD by Walt Disney Home Entertainment and available on Digital HD & VOD.
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