Chris Hanna

Muppets Most Wanted

The Muppets couldn’t be unlikeable if they tried.

Muppets Most Wanted isn’t quite as fun as its predecessor reboot from 2011 – I think it’s the length (112 minutes) with just a bit too much time spent with new human characters – but it’s a commendable entry for everyone’s favourite puppet troupe, co-starring in their eighth feature film. The opening musical number, “We’re Doing a Sequel,” warns: “Everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good.” They’re right, and they’re characteristically self-referential and self-deprecating throughout the film. “All we need now is a half-decent plot.”

In Muppets Most Wanted, the Muppets are approached by Dominic Badguy – “it’s pronounced Bad-jee,” Ricky Gervais clarifies – to go on a world tour. Kermit isn’t sure, but everyone else’s enthusiasm is enough pressure for him to cave. Badguy has plans of his own, though: the Muppets will perform in European venues next to…

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