FILM REVIEW: The Muppets

The Muppets are back in their brand new movie but it has been a few years since they were on screen in 2005 where they did not receive the warm response they were hoping for. So this time has the magic gone for good or Its time to play the music, Its time to light the lights, Its time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight…

We are introduced to two brothers Gary and Walter but these are not normal brothers. Gary is human but Walter is a Muppet. Through a early montage we see how they both came to be hige Muppet fans with Walter becoming the number one fan. The film gets going when Gary invites Walter along to Los Angeles where he is celebrating his tenth anniversary with his girlfriend Mary

While visiting the nearly derelict Muppets Studios they stumble upon a plot to flatten the studio and dig for oil. Tracking down Kermit the Frog they hatch a plan to get the whole gang back and put on a special Muppet Show Telethon to raise the $10 million to save the studio.

What follows is a fun montage of getting the band back together, think Blues Brothers and we get some cool music numbers until we are ready to start rehearsals for the telethon.

Will they save their studio, will they put the show on, will Kermit and Miss Piggy finally find happiness. You just have to wait and see.

The main cast consists of Jason Segal who also wrote the film and is a self confessed Muppets nut as Gary the loving human brother who will do anything for his little brother Walter. Amy Adams brings a sweet innocent vibe to Mary while channelling some of her Enchanted sweetness. Playing the bad guys is Chris Cooper who is just evil enough that you can enjoy booing and hissing him. The studio exec who gives Kermit a chance is Rashida Jones and as was the ttadition for the Muppet Show the celebrity host is non other than Jack Black.  Also as with any Muppet movie it would not be compete without a host of cameos and this ovie has them in the bucket load that all deliver.

Directed by James Bobin in what is perhaps his biggest film to date. A few things impress me with Bobin, not only is he British which is a bold statement to be given one of America’s iconic franchises properties but he was instrumental in creating Ali G, Borat and Bruno so his humour is aimed normally at a more adult audience but here he did an amazing job of creating the perfect family friendly humour level. The film would not work without the brilliant story and script Nicholas Stoller and cast member Jason Segal. As previously mentioned Segal is a huge Muppet fan and it shows as this was by far the cleverest one ot of the bunch and it equals the best one which to me was The Muppets Christmas Carol. The jokes are excellent with so many laugh out loud moments you cannot help but be swept up in the magic of this film.

The real stars of the film are f course the Muppets who all look great and it reminds you why you fell in love with them when you were younger and why you tuned into the show every week to see what would happen this time. My only gripe, and it is a small one, is that the story of Animal is a good idea but wasted here.

This is a perfect comeback for the great Muppets and it should be essential viewing for everyone who needs a laugh in their life.

Welcome back Kermit and Co. You have been sorely missed.

GS Rating 4/5

GS Reporter: Montoya

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