Kermit and the rest of the Muppets are back on the big screen with a new adventure that begins where the last movie ended. This is the sequel to “The Muppets” film from back in 2011 where we were introduced to a new member named Walter.
After a successful show that brings the members back together again, they try to figure out what’s next for them. Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) sells them a dream of a big world tour where they will be able to recapture their fame and he can join them along for the ride as their agent. They agree and within a short time are off to Europe.
But everything is not as it seems. Behind the scenes of the “world tour” is something far more sinister that is taking place. Another green frog named Constantin is number one on the most wanted list and is in cahoots with Dominic to pull off a big jewel heist.
Mistaken identities, a surprise marriage proposal and a bunch of star studded cameos bring things full circle for the Muppets as they struggle to keep their group together through it all.
The Muppets franchise has been around for years and has been highly successful. With their hit show leading to a number of movies that have brought Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of the group to a wider audience, they are still as relevant today as they were back in the 80’s and 90’s.
The Muppets film in 2011 had a pretty solid script with really good pacing. It also included witty lines, humorous sarcasm, amusing scenes, likeable lead characters, good plot and managed to stay true to the Muppets core which generally includes some positive human values and relationships. I don’t think the sequel measured up. The plot was all over the place, the human leads include Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais but were not really likeable and some of the Muppets such as Pepe barely had any lines (and he is generally an amusing character). Miss Piggy usually has really funny and sarcastic lines. She was less vocal this time around. Most importantly, despite a few moments, there was not much heart in the film to actually care about the characters. The film just did not continue along the same path as the previous movie.
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