“Muppets Most Wanted”

Jake Tapley

If you enjoyed the return of the Muppets in 2011’s The Muppets, you will appreciate 2014’s sequel.

“Muppets Most Wanted” follows the gang as they go on a world tour and become entangled in a web of conspiracy and crime.

Under the authority of Dominic Badguy (pronounced bad-gee), and a criminally notorious Kermit look-alike, Constantine, the Muppets must rediscover friendship and togetherness.

Directed once again by James Bobin and featuring comedic performances by Ricky Gervais (“The Office”), Ty Burrell (“Modern family”), and Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), the humor rivals that of the first while still managing to be different where it counts.

Cameos from Christolph Waltz, Lady Gaga, and Salma Hayek give the film its color.

One might not appreciate it as much as it’s critically acclaimed predecessor – which is addressed at the beginning of the movie with the opening number “We’re doing a Sequel.”

In the song, the concept of making a movie sequel is discussed and, in particular, the idea that sequels are never quite as good.

With this universally-held belief at the beginning of the movie, Muppets Most Wanted is outing and not asking to be better than its film counterpart, whose success was largely in part to the personalities of Jason Segel and Amy Adams.

All things considered, what we have here is a nice addition to an old yet promising franchise that has continually proven to be both timeless and relevant.