Muppets Most Wanted begins literally seconds after the first film. The Muppets have the studio back, which oddly enough isn't featured in the film, and so they hire a new manager, Dominic Badguy who recommends they go on a world tour. On this tour Kermit is kidnapped and replaced with the world's deadliest criminal, Constantine who looks almost identical to Kermit and is working with Dominic to steal the crown jewels.
Muppets Most Wanted was actually a pretty funny movie although there's a few jokes that just don't work. There's a lot to love in Muppets Most Wanted and nearly every joke made by one of the muppets or by the as always hilarious Ty Burrell was done well. In fact I was laughing out loud frequently. There was also a handful of jokes that just don't work. A few of Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais' jokes just went nowhere. They had several decent moments each, but they also had several dud jokes each.
The film features near constant cameos. There were a lot of cameos in the first, most superior muppets movie and in Muppets Most Wanted there's even more. In practically every scene a recognisable celebrity made an appearance. Some of them were expected as they made a brief appearance in the trailer or announced publicly, but there's also a lot of others that were a surprise. The cameos just keep going and going and while a fair amount of people may be annoyed by this, I thought it was a joy and wouldn't even mind if the inevitable third film featured more!
There's a lot of CGI in the film that didn't feel as Muppet-ish as previous films. If there was any CGI in the first movie then I obviously didn't pick up on it, but in Most Wanted it's used a fair bit. Some characters go jumping over walls or flying through the air yet it was done digitally which is unlike how it was done in essentially all the previous Muppets related media. It was also done pretty sloppy in a few of the cases, a certain scene near the end of the movie especially. It was distracting and unlike all the practical effects of previous movies.
The song and dance numbers were catchy, but they've been better. The first film in this recent reboot series featured countless song and dance numbers, one of which even won an Oscar, and while they are catchy here they aren't up to the standards set by the previous film. Majority of the lyrics for the songs are forgettable, but the tune is what really sticks.
The film is really predictable, but it's the Muppets so it can easily be forgiven. A lot of these flaws can be overcome and forgiven because people go into the movie to see the Muppets and everybody knows what they're in for and predictability is the main one that can be forgiven. I knew just by watching the quite revealing trailer that the film would be predictable and it was. The film was actually very predictable, but this is the same for nearly every Muppets movie and so I will get over it yet again and just have fun.
To sum up Muppets Most Wanted doesn't reach the standards set by the first film, it uses too much CGI and is predictable, but it's also hilarious and features toe-tapping songs as well as unexpected cameos. It's the Muppets, c'mon.
3 1/2 Stars