The human cast do great work in their roles. Ricky Gervais pulls off the slimy, scheming bad guy really well, he's a surprisingly good singer and he did the one thing that I wanted to see in the film, the David Brent dance. Ty Burrell does his best Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther impression as Napoleon providing some great laughs, really selling the satire of EU bureaucracy and pairing him up with Sam the Eagle, and making Sam the Eagle the straight-man, was a stroke of genius. Tina Fey is a lot of fun as Nadya, the head of the gulag with an incredibly dodgy Russian accent (which is really funny), a lot of great laughs come from her and the point of the character knowing all the escape plans having seen every prison escape film is brilliant and she does a great job in the song she has. There are also a lot of cameos in the film. What I like is that a lot more of the cameos are based around the World Tour so there are more British and European actors such as Mackenzie Crook, Til Schweiger, Miranda Richardson, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hiddleston, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan, Christoph Waltz (doing, of course, a waltz), Russell Tovey and (my personal favourite actor) Toby Jones. Along with these there are cameos that are more familiar to American audiences like Danny Trejo, Stanley Tucci, Salma Hayek, Frank Langella, Zach Galifianakis, Ray Liotta, Rob Corddry, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Usher (as an usher) and Chloe Grace Moretz (who also does an incredibly dodgy Russian accent). I laughed at virtually all the cameos and there were very few people I didn't recognise, unlike the last film where a good portion of the cameos were people I didn't recognise (although I don't think most Americans would recognise Mackenzie Crook, Russell Tovey, Toby Jones and Saoirse Ronan).
On a technical aspect, the direction is fast enough to keep up with all the jokes and there are a few moments of dodgy editing and greenscreen, but done deliberately, mainly in regards to Ricky Gervais' dancing. The music meanwhile continues to be a highlight. Bret McKenzie once again does a brilliant job with the music with there being a lot of really fun songs (mainly The Big House, I'll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu), We're Doing a Sequel (which is probably the most self aware the Muppets have ever been) and Interrogation Song), however whilst there aren't any songs as bad as Me Party there aren't any songs as excellent as Man or Muppet and Pictures in my Head from The Muppets.
Overall, Muppets Most Wanted was a blast to watch. Whilst it doesn't quite have the heart of the first film and a lot of the Muppets don't get utilised well, it more than makes up for it with a very likable cast, some brilliant cameos and being easily the funniest Muppet film that's been released in a while.
My Rating: 4.5/5