Wokka-wokka fun

‘Muppets Most Wanted filled with laughs and one-liners

By Katie Tracy
Arts and Entertainment Editor

 3 out of 5 stars

In this fun-for-the-whole-family sequel, the Muppets return with more amusing musical numbers and silly antics in “Muppets Most Wanted.”

The cast is led by Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell, along with the usual suspects. Celebrities such as Christoph Waltz, Salma Hayek, Tom Hiddleston, James McAvoy, and Danny Trejo, among many others, make cameo appearances.  Speaking of returning cast members, the Muppets are joined by Walter, who also starred in the first movie.

The plot follows the Muppets on their world tour, managed by Dominic Badguy (played by Ricky Gervais).  Little do they know that Badguy is actually a bad guy working with Constantine, the world’s number one criminal and Kermit look-alike who escapes from a gulag in Siberia.

gr_AE_Muppets1Constantine pulls a switcheroo while the Muppets are in Berlin for their tour, framing Kermit as the most wanted criminal in the world. When Kermit is taken to the gulag in Siberia,  Constantine takes over as the ringleader of the tour, with hardly any questions from the unsuspecting group of Muppets.  Meanwhile, the group travels across Europe with Badguy and Constantine as they continue a series of heists that help them gain access to the crown jewels in London.

In the gulag, Kermit gets on the good side of the warden, Nadya (played by the hilarious Tina Fey).  Nadya enlists Kermit to help her direct the gulag’s annual theatrical “revue,” as it is spelled in the film.

Meanwhile, Sam Eagle and Inspector Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) are hot on the heels of the jewel thief, “The Lemur”. While trying to crack the case, they become suspicious of the Muppets and begin following them on their tour, looking for evidence that the Muppets are involved in the capers.

When Animal, Fozzie, and Walter become aware that Constantine is masquerading as Kermit, they realize that they must find Kermit and bring him back before everything falls into shambles.

The music in this film is what makes it so lighthearted; kudos to the music supervisor, Academy Award winning composer Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords).  Tina Fey’s song (featuring Josh Groban) that welcomes Kermit to the gulag, “The Big House,” is charming, and made audience members smile. Constantine’s song for Miss Piggy, “I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)”  will surely make you laugh out loud.

The best way to describe this movie:  silly to the brink of stupidity, but it’ll make you laugh anyway.  The celebrity cameos are cleverly placed, making fans giddy when they are on screen.  Fans of the Muppets will enjoy it, and even non-fans will get more laughs than expected.