A frog's tale with old-school humour

A frog's tale with old-school humour


107 minutes/Opens tomorrow

The story:Picking right up from the happy ending of The Muppets (2011), the gang have to figure out what to do next now that they are reunited. Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) suggests that they go on tour with him as their manager.

His nefarious reason for doing so is soon revealed - criminal mastermind Constantine escapes from a gulag and switches place with his lookalike, Kermit the Frog. Dominic and Constantine have their eyes on the British crown jewels, as Interpol's Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) and CIA agent Sam Eagle get on the case. Meanwhile, Kermit finds himself stuck in Siberian prison with a zealous guard Nadya (Tina Fey).

Exotic locales, more stars and a (slightly) bigger budget - it looks at first as though this flick, a crime caper which ricochets from Berlin to Madrid to London to Siberia, has been saddled with the ills of sequelitis.

Instead of Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper, comedians Gervais (from television's The Office), Fey (of 30 Rock fame) and Burrell (the lovable goofball patriarch from Modern Family) are the key non-Muppet actors. They are joined by the likes of Lady Gaga and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) making cameos.

But the entertaining mix of anarchic energy and endearing good-heartedness remains from the previous film.

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