I wasn’t sure about this film before seeing it, because it didn’t do as well as The Muppets did at the box office in 2011. However, Muppets Most Wanted was absolutely delightful (and underrated!)
It picks up where the previous movie leaves off. The Muppets are having success with their reunion, when they are approached by Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) to do a world tour. In the beginning of the tour, however, Kermit is set up by international thief, Constantine, and thrown in a Siberian prison to be watched over by guard, Nadya (Tina Fey.)
Because they look so much alike (except for a mole on Constantine’s face), Constantine takes over Kermit’s Role in the band, unknown to the rest of the Muppets. As they travel on tour, Constantine and Badguy pull off several heists.
What’s so funny about this plotline is watching Constantine imitate Kermit. I loved seeing his interactions with the rest of the Muppets, Miss Piggy, in particular. During one show, he proposes to her on stage (a very un-Kermit-like thing to do!) Walter, Fozzy, and Animal manage to figure out where Kermit is and break him out of jail in time to save Miss Piggy from mistakenly marrying Constantine.
Once Kermit returns, Constantine knows the jig is up and tries to kidnap Miss Piggy. Luckily, the Muppets band together and rescue her. The movie ends with a happy song about being together again.
The same voice actors from The Muppets returned for Muppets Most Wanted (Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, and Matt Vogel) with new cameos from Usher, Ray Liotta, Salma Hayek, Lady Gaga, and Celine Dion.
Go rent this movie! It is a joy to watch!
Running time: 107 minutes