It’s not easy being green – ★★½
It’s been three years since The Muppets were ushered back into our hearts thanks to Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller’s razor sharp script and fantastic songs from Bret McKenzie. This time James Bobin is helping Stoller in the script department and they’ve gone back to the Muppets’ straight man; Kermit the Frog.
Fresh off the success of their comeback gig the Muppets decide to embark on a world tour under the management of Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais). However Dominic is the crime partner of Constantine the world famous jewel thief who bares a striking resemblance to one Kermit the Frog. Obviously the two are switched and Kermit is deported to a Gulag prison under the watchful eye of Nadya (Tina Fey) as Constantine and Dominic steal everything in sight. Will the other Muppets realise what is going on in time and rescue Kermit? What do you think?
What made 2011’s The Muppets so appealing was the fact we hadn’t really seen them in theatres since 1999’s Muppets from Space. In The Muppets the central story was about a totally new character Walter who gets the gang back together while in the background we have the love story of Segel and Adams to entertain. In Muppets Most Wanted we’ve gone back to a Kermit-centred story based on a caper with no real depth which leaves us with some funny jokes but nothing of substance. What brings the Muppets alive is the various characters and the film leans too much on Kermit, leaving it seem bland and straight-laced.
The best bits are between Ty Burrell as an Inspector Clouseau characature and Sam the Eagle as they try to catch the jewel thiefs. Tina Fey steals every scene she’s in and there are some nice cameos from Ray Liotta, Danny Trejo and Jemaine Clement. Gervais seems like he had a blast making the film but this doesn’t quite translate onscreen.
The film has enough gags, cameos and distractions to keep it ticking over but by the final musical number you can’t help but feel the Muppets needs to take a long vacation.
Released nationwide in Ireland on the 28th of March 2014, with previews on the 22nd and 23rd March