MUPPETS MOST WANTED -Review

With its comeback-within-a-comeback storyline and a charming lead turn from Jason Segel, Kermit, Miss Piggy and co got the revival they deserved in 2011's box office hit The Muppets. A charming, delightfully upbeat film packed with memorable songs from Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie, it served as both an accessible introduction for newcomers and fan service to those who grew up with Jim Henson's endearing creations.

Follow-up Muppets Most Wanted begins just seconds after its predecessor, with the gang still basking in the glory of their show-stopping Hollywood performance. When they realise the cameras are still rolling, opening number 'We're Doing a Sequel' kicks in to set up a continental caper that sees Kermit replaced as the Muppets' figurehead by his sinister Russian doppelganger Constantine.

Ricky Gervais takes the (human) lead here as Dominic Badguy (pronounced Bad-gee), the second-in-command to Constantine who pinballs across Europe with the Muppets using their tour as a cover to execute a number of jewel heists. As the caper unfolds, Kermit, having been mistaken for Constantine, finds himself imprisoned in a Russian Gulag by Tina Fey's Nadya, while Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) teams up with CIA agent Sam the Eagle to catch the thieves in the act.

Muppets Most Wanted