It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights because after 12 long years The Muppets have returned to the big screen. This 12 year hiatus in which The Muppets had fallen to the wayside, virtually forgotten by an entire generation that are more likely to recognize Pixar characters than a muppet. In my opinion that may be a good thing because this movie reintroduces Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Rowlf, Professor Bunson Honey Dew and Beaker to an entire generation that has missed out on their special brand of humor.
This movie could have been the final nail in the muppet coffin but instead in my opinion marks the beginning of a triumphant comeback. In the movie Gary (Jason Segel), Mary (Amy Adams), and Walter (Peter Linz), Gary’s Muppet brother who happens to also be a Muppet enthusiast, take their spring break vacation in Los Angles and take a tour of the once great Muppet studio. Foreign tourists mistake dirty, dark, and dusty studio for Universal Studios, which is only a few miles away. Walter happens to find out that oil baron Tex Richman (played by Chris Cooper) is trying to buy The Muppet Studio for the large amount of oil it has underneath it. So in order to save the studio Gary, Mary, and Walter must round up The Muppets, who are scattered all around the world, to stage the Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever in hopes to save their beloved studio.
The story may be a bit simplistic but the Muppets make it work for this film. Now this isn’t a reboot of the Muppets, it’s more of a reintroduction. Older viewers may be able to identify with their favorite puppets but younger viewers may not remember the Muppets so this a chance for a fresh start. Best of all because this it The Muppets it presents a story that works well for all age groups.
Jason Segel plays a milder and a lot more child-friendly version of the raunchy-characters you might have seen in his TV and film appearances and Amy Adams has successfuly made a return to belting out songs and being a lovable female-lead. Regrettably it is Chris Cooper who we scarcely see. Although Cooper establishes himself as the villain, we do not get to see him do enough villainous stuff, besides rapping and attempting to stop the Muppets. I’d of loved to see a little more of Cooper talking in a villainous voice and make sneering remarks while deviously raising his eyebrow.
Only a Muppet film isn’t about the humans is it? Its about the Muppets, and they’re the stars of the film. The Muppets admit that they’ve been gone for over a decade by making assorted jokes about their abscene. Fozzie the Bear forced to sing a casino themed version of The Rainbow connection, that alone shows how far the Muppets have fallen. For those who might remember the Muppets, signature things like traveling by map and performing assorted jobs to music will be in the film, in addition to hilarious antics such as Chef chasing chickens, Gonzo flinging bowling balls, and Muppet man.
Don’t worry about any Jason Segel frontal nudity happening in the Muppets, Kermit is the only one who gets to do that. The jokes in the movie are tasteful and can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Even the slightly immature jokes had me laughing.
One thing most people remember most about the Muppets is the fact that they like to sing and in this new movie, they have six new songs plus three Muppets songs from previous Muppet movies. The six new songs are great additions to the Muppet music library as they’re catchy, funny, and touching. The existential song about being a “Man or a Muppet” is perhaps one of the best songs in the entire film and is second to “Life’s a Happy Song,” which is my all time favorette Muppet song.
The Muppet movie is more than an enjoyable watch, it’s a comedy spectacle that can’t be missed. The new Muppet film might waken any latent memories we had of our favorite characters, but I suspect it will not have the same effect on children of a much younger age. That is, until they get a Muppet T.V. show back on the air. Still this new Muppet movie is a great way to establish a new connection to those audiences.
Speaking of a Muppet Tv show the word is that if all goes well at the box office you can expect The Muppets Tonight to make a return to television next Fall. So I encourage you to go out and watch this flick because it’s just a wondeful film that will keep you smiling all day.