Saw this last night, thanks to a preview showing put on by the spouse’s company.
I thought it was…okay. Cute, fun, but ultimately not as satisfying as the original. Tina Fey did a nice job as the gulag commandant and there were a lot of cameos (most of them kind of useless, a few (like Russell Tovey) you would literally miss if you blinked) but overall I thought they spent way too much time focusing on the “heist” plot and Constantine the Evil Frog, and not enough on the kind of goofiness that makes the Muppets so much fun. I also thought (and this was, of course, no fault of the movie’s) that the whole “Russian gulag” thing was probably a good example of Great Moments in Bad Timing.
I did like the fact that they dropped a couple of throwaway gags in at the beginning that ended up being important at the end (Bunsen and Beaker’s “bomb attracting suit” and the Muppet Ladder), but overall I think the whole thing didn’t stand up very well to the original. They probably shouldn’t have included the song at the beginning that came right out and said that sequels are never as good as the original.
The Pixar short, though (I didn’t catch the name but it was from “Monsters University”) was quite cute and fun. I thought it was better than the movie.
Anybody else seen it yet? What’d y’all think?