I Saw A Film Today… The Muppets

The Muppets, like many great things from years ago, have been making a comeback in a big way. Sure, that means a large number of hipsters get the pleasure of wearing vintage looking Kermit shirts but that’s fine. It means kids now have the option of watching reruns of this great show or one of those odd Disney shows that make little sense to me. Now it’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights….

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Gary (Jason Segel) and Walter (a Muppet) are brothers somehow who live in a place called Smalltown. Growing up Walter took refuge in the world of The Muppet Show and becomes obsessed with his television idols. He also dreams of visiting the Muppet studio. So when he is informed that when Gary and his girlfriend Mary (the adorable Amy Adams) go to Los Angeles for their tenth anniversary (seriously, go ahead and put a ring on it) that he gets to go with them, he is understandably excited.

But when they get there find the studio abandoned and falling apart. To make matters worse, Walter hears a rich oil baron named Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) plans on bulldozing the lot because there is oil underneath it. That is unless the Muppets can get the $10 million necessary to save the studio.

After visiting and convincing Kermit the Frog to get the gang back together for a Telethon, the four set off to find everyone. Eventually everyone is back and ready to get back to work. But being plagued with the many issues presented before them, is their show over before it can begin?

When I first learned way back that Jason Segel would be heading this revamping of the Muppet films, I was quite excited. After his use of puppets in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I knew a certain amount of care would be put into this. But with most things, you have a little bit of worry. But after seeing it, those worries were right out of my mind. The Muppets is a fantastic family film that all can enjoy.

The kids will certainly love it. There are plenty of dance numbers to keep them entertained and smiling. But if you think this is purely for kids you’re dead wrong. This is a slightly more grown up Muppets, if that can be imagined. The Barbershop Quartet version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Camilla and the Chickens cover of Cee Lo Green’s “Forget you” is definitely not for the little hombres. But if none of these things catch your fancy then you always have the Muppet’s shenanigans. Who doesn’t love that?

Performances are pretty much what you expect. All the muppets are just as you remember them. Jason Segel has fun with his role, as does Amy Adams. The cameos are great as well. It was worth the price of a ticket just to see Sarah Silverman, Alan Arkin, Feist, Dave Grohl, John Krasinski, Kristen Schaal, and Jim Parsons. The only real person who was just a little over the top was Chris Cooper. It is almost a little degrading to have a former Oscar winner rapping a song.

The Muppets are everything you expect from them. They’re back and no stopping them

Verdict: SEE IT!

*Rated PG for some mild rude humor.

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One Response to “I Saw A Film Today… The Muppets”

  1. Longtime Muppet fans will undoubtedly have more fun than young ones, but for the most part, it’s a witty, delightful romp, that shows you that you can still be funny, without ever being mean still in 2011. Good review Kev.

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