Oh, but this was a hotly anticipated 1 hour and 48 minutes of The Sloth’s life. We’ve loved The Muppets since we were knee high to a grasshopper, so to see them so brilliantly rebooted in 2011’s The Muppets gave us great joy. Would this live up to the same lofty heights?
The Muppets are down on their luck. Their 2011 comeback was followed by a big comedown and they’re out of favour with the public. Enter international tour manager extraordinaire, Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais). Badguy, “it’s pronounced ‘Bad-gee’. It’s French”, wants to turn their fortunes around, promising to take them on a sell out, global tour. Swept up with enthusiasm, the gang accept his offer and are soon off to their first gig in Berlin.
But, blow The Sloth down with a feather, Badguy is not all he seems. Actually in cahoots with master criminal Constantine, aka The World’s Most Dangerous Frog, the two are hatching a plan to bust Constantine out of his incarceration in a remote Siberian jail and embark on a robbery of global significance.
From this point on, you know the drill. There will be sporadic bursts into song, gleefully silly humour involving explosions and daft accents (most marvellously epitomised by Ty Burrell channelling his best Inspector Clouseau as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon) and a never-ending roll of blink-and-you’ll-miss-them superstar cameos – we particularly liked P-Diddy holding court at a Muppet poker game.
Jolly japes aside, one thing The Muppets have always done fantastically well is subtle satire. So to kick off with a song and dance number lampooning the Hollywood machine’s calculated love of a sequel is marvellous. Now there are those, perhaps South Park fans, who would sniff that this is satire with a small s, not packing sufficient canine incisored bite. To them, The Sloth would argue that without The Muppets there would be no South Park. Long live Kermit and all who sail in him.
UK release 28 March. DVD release 4 August.Keen to revisit more of your youth? Check out The Lego Movie.