Starring: Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey
Directed by: James Bobin
Written By: James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 52 min
I wonder if all the star cameos appearing in the Muppets Most Wanted were actually paid to be in this movie? I wouldn’t be shocked if they all fall over each other to have even the smallest part in anything to do with Kermit and the gang. Judging by the sheer number of them! But that’s one of the fun things about a Muppet movie. Spotting the cameos. Those ‘oh look its …..’ moments. I bet they have a waiting list. It’s probably on quite a few celebrity bucket lists to appear with the Muppets! 🙂
Muppets Most Wanted, thankfully, has more to offer than cool cameo appearances. It’s also a fun story that cracks along at a fantastic pace, and all your favorite Muppet characters are present and accounted for. Though there’s never enough Beaker as far as I’m concerned! The humor is tailored more for an older audience. For those that loved and remembered the TV series. At times too, I felt like I was riding a wave of nostalgia rather than watching something fresh and new. I personally didn’t find anything laugh out loud funny, but I sat during the nearly two-hour running time with a big smile on my face.
If you’re a fan of the Muppets then I have little doubt you’ll enjoy this film. However, kids not familiar with the characters might not enjoy this as much as their parents do. If your children are new to the Muppets, rent The Muppets (2011) and watch that first to see how they respond before shelling out for a trip to the theater.
It’s bright, energetic, colorful, and sounds great. A crowded matinée or full price showing is recommended. At home, a HD quality viewing on a nice big TV is your best option.
The songs in Muppets Most Wanted are cute, but mostly forgettable. Except for maybe the opening ‘Sequel’ song. That was pretty good.
Ray Liotta and Danny Trejo singing and dancing!