Movie Review: Muppets Most Wanted
The good news, though, is that much of the creative crew returned for Muppets Most Wanted. James Bobin not only returns as director, but as co-writer with Nick Stoller. Christophe Beck returns to do the score and Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords returns to write the music.
Joining Gervais as human cast members are Tina Fey, who plays Nadya, the head prison guard at the Gulag secretly in love with Kermit, and Ty Burrell, who channels Inspector Clouseau as Interpol detective Jean Pierre Napoleon. While I'm still partial to Segel and Adams, Gervais, Fey and Burrell are all excellent in their roles and bring a lot of fun to the film.
Regardless of what one thinks about the celebrity cameos, at the heart of the film, of course, are the Muppets themselves and they are just as charming as ever. It's amazing to me that even though some of the original Muppeteers, such as Jim Henson and Frank Oz, no longer portray their classic characters, you would never really know outside of slightly different voice intonations. But, the acting is just as delightful as always.
Speaking of the Muppets, it made me smile to see Kermit's nephew Robin make a cameo appearance. He was such a part of my childhood and I always love seeing him.
It's too bad that Muppets Most Wanted has faced some stiff competition with the release of Divergent. While, admittedly, I think I enjoyed The Muppets a bit more, this film is still a very solid and fun Muppet film that I will definitely watch again. I hope that it gets more word of mouth and get more families in the theater.