“Muppets Most Wanted” had a lot riding on its shoulders — at least compared to other sequels. The success of the last “Muppets” film had given hope to fans that this was a franchise rejuvenated. It was up to “Muppets Most Wanted” to prove that it was not just a fluke. Does it succeed? Mostly, this writer thinks it does.

 

From the opening number to the last joke, this film was delightful. Writers Nicholas Stoller and Jeff Bobbin have definitely proven that they have a unique, interesting, and genuinely funny take on this legendary comedic force.

 

The story is a parody of European capers, with Kermit being thrown into a Gulag and an evil imposter taking his place. This premise makes for many good gags. One Swedish Chef joke in the opening number is particularly good, and it is all quite hilarious.

 

Human characters played by Rickey Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell make for some fine comedic performances. All of these actors have been on acclaimed television comedies, and here they show their talents transfer well to film.

 

There are a few new characters introduced, some of which are funnier than others, but there was never the emotional connection that was present in the 2011 “Muppets” film. Most of the blame falls on the music. While Christophe Beck does a good job here, but it is just not as good as the last installment.

 

Generally, this film works. Its main fault is that it is inferior to its predecessor, and it’s impossible not to compare the two. Other than that, “Muppets Most Wanted” is a pleasant time that both parents and children can enjoy together.- 3/4

 

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