Film Review: The Muppets (2011)

| 11 January , 2012 | Reply

Directed by: James Bobin
Starring: Jason Segal, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, all your favourite Muppets!
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 4/5

In 2011 not many people may care about The Muppets anymore (well in this film version anyway), but Smalltown USA holds their biggest fan. Walter (voiced by Peter Linz) has never really fit in; generally because he is only one foot tall and made of felt. But he gets by with help from his human big brother Gary (Jason Segal), and an enduring love of The Muppets whom he discovered on television in his youth. When Gary and his girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) decide to take a trip to L.A to celebrate their ten year anniversary they surprise Walter with a ticket to join them and see the old Muppet Theatre.

But whilst touring the dilapidated theatre Walter overhears the secret plans of evil oil baron Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to gain the deeds to the theatre only to knock it down in search of black gold. The only way to save the theatre is to raise $10 million so that the Muppets can repurchase their old home. With the help of a reclusive Kermit; Walter, Gary, and Mary set out to get all the crew together again in the hopes of staging a telethon to raise the funds.

However, the Muppets are spread out all across the world. Gonzo is a wealthy toilet businessman, Fozzie has a ‘Moppet\’ cover band in Reno, and Animal is in an anger management program. Miss Piggy is the hardest to convince; she\’s leading a charmed life in Paris as the plus size editor of Vogue (with Emily Blunt reprising her The Devil Wears Prada role as Piggy\’s P.A.) and wants nothing to do with the little green frog that broke her heart.

From the bustling colour of and energy of new number Life\’s a Happy Song to the magical stylings of everyone\’s favourite The Rainbow Connection, The Muppets is filled with feel good musical numbers and high energy performances. I couldn\’t stop smiling the whole way through. Watching this movie was like discovering the film version of Prozac (but all kiddy safe).

Segal (who also co-wrote the film) puts in a pitch perfect performance as undoubtedly the nicest man in the world. His affection for his childhood icons shown through the faithful way he has stuck to the Muppet tome. Adams is wonderfully cast as the Pleasantville-ish teacher and devoted girlfriend who at times almost out-muppets the Muppets.

Full of infectious energy, impressive musical numbers, classic cameos, and big laughs The Muppets is hard to resist.

Family fun at its finest!

The Muppets is in cinemas now.


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