TAKING THE WORLD BY FARCE.
This sequel to the 2011 reboot begins immediately after its last scene, with a big number called “We’re Doing a Sequel”, followed by the introduction of a villainous agent (Ricky Gervais) who sets up a European tour for the Muppets. It turns out to be a scheme where a criminal mastermind who looks exactly like Kermit replaces him. A thin story, but goofy and fun, including a subplot where the real Kermit ends up in a Siberian gulag and teaches the prisoners how to put on a show. A few disarming songs and all the cameos help, but there are times when it really feels like just another forced sequel.
2014-U.S. 112 min. Color. Directed by James Bobin. Songs: Bret McKenzie. Cast: Ricky Gervais (Dominic Badguy), Ty Burrell (Jean Pierre Napoleon), Tina Fey (Nadya). Muppet Performers: Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta. Cameos: Tony Bennett, Hugh Bonneville, Sean Combs, Céline Dion, Lady Gaga, Zach Galifianakis, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Tom Hiddleston, Toby Jones, Frank Langella, Ray Liotta, James McAvoy, Chloë Grace Moretz, Usher Raymond, Miranda Richardson, Saoirse Ronan, Danny Trejo, Stanley Tucci, Christoph Waltz.
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