I couldn’t be happier to bring you this news.
“The Muppets” isn’t just good, it’s great. For fans from the “Old Days” it will be a joyous reunion. A thorough reminder of why you loved them to begin with. For children and young people who are new to the Muppets, you’ll love meeting them. They’re going to be characters you’ll love for the rest of your life.
It’s a song and dance comedy spectacular that’s full of laughs, feel good story moments and wonderful, colorful, comical characters. It literally gave me chills at several points, and I sat watching it with a grin ear to ear from beginning to end.
Muppets fans? Raise your expectations 100%. I guarantee you leave saying “That was SO awesome”.
“The Muppets” tells the story of Walter, a puppet who lives with his human brother, Gary (Jason Segel). Being a puppet can be tough sometimes, as you’d imagine. So Walter takes solace in becoming the world’s biggest Muppets fan. He reveres them. When Gary invites Walter to come to LA with him and his fiance Mary (Amy Adams) as they celebrate their anniversary, Gary jumps at the chance. He’d get a chance to tour the legendary Muppets Studio, the place where the Muppets performed the shows that he loves so much, all those years ago…
Of course, once he gets there, he finds the studios are in a sad state of disrepair. Decrepit. The Muppets haven’t performed together in years, and now the property is up for sale. During his tour, Walter sneaks off, hoping to explore the studios more deeply than the brush-off tour guide is offering.
It’s then he discovers the terrible truth. The pending buyer is SAYING he wants to turn the studios into a Muppet Museum, but if the sale goes through, the studios will be torn down, in order to drill for oil.
There’s only one chance to save the historical studios. Walter, Gary and Mary have to find the Muppets, tell them the truth, and hope they can raise the ten million dollars needed to buy the property themselves and prevent the sale.
And there’s only one way to do that. They’ll have to put on a show.
Of course, that’s not going to be easy! The Muppets have “broken up”. They’re scattered all over the place. Plus, they haven’t performed in years, how could they get their act together in a short timeframe?
But perhaps the biggest challenge of all… the biggest hurdle they face… is the fact that they’re “has-beens”. The public barely remembers The Muppets. How can they get them to care again? In this age of violent video games and reality tv, where do singing, dancing, skit performing puppets fit in?
Can they reconnect with the public’s heart?
Which of course, isn’t just a plot point, but an actual challenge faced by this movie for real. “The Muppets” is charmingly “Meta”. It uses its self-awareness to great comedic effect throughout. The Muppets seem to know all too well that they’ve been relegated to the “Where are they now file”.
So how do they address that? How do they regain the public’s attention? How do they tell everyone, “Hey Remember us? You used to love us!!”
Not by reinventing themselves. Not by being something they’re not. And certainly not by being “darker and edgier”.
No, the Muppets do what they do best. They sing and they dance and they tell bad jokes as if they were a puppet-produced vaudeville review. Every Muppet has his moment in the sun. Miss Piggy sets a new bar for being fabulous, and Fozzie’s jokes are as bad as ever, maybe even worse. Statler and Waldorf heckle, the Swedish Chef hoomdie horgs, and Gonzo pulls a crazy stunt.
The supporting human characters were perfect. Jason Segel and Amy Adams sing and dance and seem so likeable and enthusiastic, that it’s nearly impossible not to get behind them. The musical numbers are written by Bret McKenzie of “Flight of the Conchords” fame, and it really comes across. The songs are catchy and funny and absolutely perfect for the movie when they’re used.
The end result is not only a movie that’s incredibly entertaining, but completely refreshing. It’s wholesome. Full of charm and heart. The songs are great, the jokes are great, the Muppets are great. You can get lost in the nostalgia of it, and at the same time get swept up by the fact that they’re creating magic again anew.
Highly recommendable. Perfect for families and children of all ages. A completely enjoyable piece of entertainment.
A++ I never realized how deeply I love these characters until I saw this movie.