Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Muppets (2011)

Oh those mischievous Muppets, what have they been up to lately. Well they’ve made some funny online parodies and a few pretty bad made for TV movies. I was beginning to wonder if the best Muppet adventures lay in the distant past. And then this movie came along.

Walter (Peter Linz) is bursting with excitement, because his brother Gary (Jason Segel) is taking him to L.A. to see the Muppet Studios! Oh yeah and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) is along because of some kind of anniversary, but what’s more important is that Walter will get to see his heroes! Unfortunately the Muppet Theater is nothing but a dusty old wreck. Worse still the theater is about to be demolished by the evil Tex Richman (Chris Cooper), unless someone can buy the land from him. So Walter, Gary and Mary rush off to find the Kermit and the rest of the gang to put on a show and raise the money. But will anyone care if The Muppets put on a show? Get ready for a bunch of silly songs, a bunch of celebrity cameos and more felt than you can possibly imagine.

Good Points:
All the Muppets are back and mostly in character
The songs are a lot of fun
A nice blend of nostalgia and silliness

Bad Points:
The focus isn’t completely on the old favorites
Some of the covers of pop music may go down a bit rough
If you hate felt, then avoid this movie

Yes I had a good time with this movie, and that’s about what you can expect from it. It took someone who loves the Muppets, Segel, to really get back to the heart of the characters and the feel of their older work. So this movie is as much about nostalgia as it is about getting the Muppets in and out of silly situations. Any fan of the old movies (especially The Muppet Movie) should give this one a try, I think you’ll have a great time and find yourself humming some of the tunes. I will forever ask myself if I am a manly Muppet or a Muppet of a man.

Scores (out of 5)
Visuals: 4
Sound: 4
Acting: 4
Script: 4
Music: 4
Direction: 4
Entertainment: 5
Total:  4

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