They’re baaaaaaaaack! That forever lovable group of Muppets graces the big screen in “Muppets Most Wanted,” a delightful romp that engages the funny bone of all ages. Muppet creators have packaged this cinematic fun ride by combining the likes of Kermit and Miss Piggy with a whole array of A-list celebrities. Some, like Josh Groban, Lady Gaga, Christoph Waltz, Stanley Tucci, Usher, and Tony Bennett, have only cameo appearances. Others, like Tina Fey and Rick Gervais, have major roles.
The fast-paced plot never slows down as the story evolves through the circumstances of a huge cast of Muppets involved in delivering a big theatrical, variety show. Director Kermit the Frog (voice of Steve Whitmire) finds that working with his old friends is a lot like working with family: sometimes difficult, but always rewarding.
In the middle of show preparation chaos, enter the aptly named Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) as the show’s tour director. He’s in cahoots with the number one criminal mastermind in the world, Constantine (voice of Matt Vogel). It’s a bizarre coincidence, but Constantine is also a frog of the same variety as Kermit. As a matter of fact, they look like identical twins. Only a few things set the two apart: Constantine has a mole on his lip, a thick Russian accent, and he’s rotten to the core.
Badguy and Constantine create a dastardly plot to steal secrets that will lead to their theft of London’s crown jewels, and Kermit suddenly finds himself in the center of international espionage.
When the Muppet Show performs in Berlin, Badguy and Constantine kidnap Kermit and pull strings to have him arrested and sent to the Russian Gulag. Constantine steps in to impersonate Kermit, an easy task with the help of a little green face paint to cover his mole. The evil duo then hides behind the performance locations and gains access to the world-class museums where the jewel secrets are held.
As Kermit settles in to life at the Gulag, his actions are monitored by the Gulag matron Nadya (Tina Fey). When she makes Kermit arrange a Gulag variety show, the fun begins anew.
A big wedding and equally big rescue scenes in London will turn the tide to set things right for the Pig, the Frog, and the rest of the Muppet gang, whose love for their green friend is as big as their hearts.
Rated PG for some mild action.
Marilyn Robitaille has been writing film reviews for the Empire-Tribune since 1999.