After an amazing return to the big screen with “The Muppets” in 2011, the latest installment is a letdown. Something about Kermit the Frog in the Hannibal Lecter mask just isn't appealing. The bar was set really high with the last film by recreating scenes from the old days, but I guess that you can’t do that every time. The plot was pretty original but it was a little dark for Jim Henson's characters. The songs weren't as fun or catchy, and some of the jokes missed their mark. That being said, this film had its bright moments. Tina Fay was an awesome choice to compliment the zany muppets and she may have been the best part of the film. The whole Gulag 38B variety show aspect of the film was clever and the fact that Constantine’s voice is nothing like Kermit is funny from start to finish. Not to mention the mole gags and interactions between Ty Burrell and Sam Eagle. One of my disappointments was the cameos, which seemed way too forced and unimaginative. Except for Usher. That may be the funniest cameo that I have ever seen. Oh yeah, and Josh Groban was equally hilarious but I won’t spoil it. It is just genius when you recognized who the voice belonged to. Okay, so maybe some of the cameos were imaginative. But this film just didn't have the pizzazz of the last one. I didn't walk away singing the songs or telling others that they should see it. In spite of my rating, I still think that this is an important film that we should all support. The next generation is blessed to have an opportunity to experience the muppets the way that we have. It may not be the best film in the series, but its release, positive critical reception, and profit should result in another muppet feature that will hopefully eclipse this one.
[Pictured: Amazing how nobody recognized Kermit once he has that mole...]