Muppets Most Wanted Is Fun, But Feels Oddly DatedKatharine Trendacosta3/21/14 4:00pmFiled to: movie reviewmuppets most wantedmuppetstina feyricky gervaisty burrell432EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIf The Muppets was an attempt to recapture the joy and charm of The Muppet Movie, then Muppets Most Wanted is an attempt to do the same with The Great Muppet Caper. It's only semi-successful – ending up as a perfectly serviceable comedy, but not as good as we know the Muppets can be.AdvertisementIn many ways, The Muppets was a spiritual successor to The Muppet Movie. Like the original, it went on a journey to bring the Muppets together, defeat a human villain, and put on a show. The clear love the makers of that film had for the Muppets – made manifest in a metafictional way through Walter (itself a very Muppet thing to do) – gave that film the kind of easy charm The Muppet Movie also possessed.Muppets Most Wanted reaches for the same idea in its echoes of The Great Muppet Caper. Like the 1981 film, the 2014 one has heists, mistaken identity, a major character incarcerated, and puts Kermit and Miss Piggy's love story at the center. And it's enjoyable, if a little reliant on jokes about stereotypes and other awkwardly dated moments that are both beneath the Muppets and over the heads of most children. AdvertisementNow we enter spoiler-territory. . . Muppets Most Wanted starts literally where The Muppets ends, with the gang wondering where to go once the extras from the end scene of that film leave. They then realize they're doing a sequel, and launch into the first, and best, song of the movie. It's a sly comment on sequelitis, but is also unfortunately prescient.