Movie Review: The Muppets

Movie Review: The Muppets

The Muppets

 

PG for some mild humor.
Genre: Sequel, comedy, kids/family, musical/performing arts.
Running Time: 2 hours

When an evil oil man discovers black gold beneath Muppet Theater, Kermit recruits a Muppet super-fan and his two best friends to help gather the gang for a telethon to save the venue from being razed and replaced with a giant oil pump.

Pulling together the old Muppet gang starts out simple enough, but one person might be a hard sell. She’s still smitten with Kermit but is also nursing a broken heart after all these years. Another hurdle to getting Miss Piggy to join the telethon revolves around the fact that she’s working at a posh job for Vogue Paris.

With the drilling deadline fast approaching, the gang races to put on the performance of a lifetime to save Muppet Theater from certain destruction.

Traveling Back To Childhood Memories

I have to admit I’ve been looking forward to The Muppets arriving back on the big screen. I loved the show as a kid, I loved the earlier movies and I really hoped this latest installment of bringing the Muppets to life on the big screen would live up to the hype. I’m happy to report it does indeed live up to the hype.

This Muppet movie starts out in Smalltown, USA where we find the world’s biggest Muppet fan named Walter. He, along with his brother Gary – played by Jason Segel – and Gary’s girlfriend Mary – played by Amy Adams – head to Los Angeles on vacation. Walter wants to visit the old Muppet Theater and when he finds out it’s going to be torn down, they all decide to try and save it. As the adventure begins they of course need to pull together the team of Muppets who are now scattered all over the place. Miss Piggy has a posh job in Paris, Fozzie is working a gig at a Reno casino, Gonzo has become the owner of a successful plumbing company and Animal is dealing with anger management issues in a Santa Barbara clinic. But, after hard work and under the leadership of none other than Kermit himself, the Muppets are back together ready for a Telethon to raise $10 million and save their famous theater.

The Muppet Show

Image via Wikipedia

When it was announced Disney planned to resurrect the Muppets for another movie many wondered why. After all, aren’t the Muppets old news? Will anyone really like the Muppets in an entertainment world filled with vampires, blood, corruption and 3D special effects? These are all very good questions and the genius of this movie revolves around the fact that those involved in the flick were not afraid to poke fun at the fact that it’s been years since we’ve heard that wonderful Muppet Show theme song.

Jason Segel co-wrote the script for The Muppets and it’s obvious from the opening frame that he’s aiming to create a fun movie, while at the same time tapping into a piece of nostalgia. Not only is he working to create a fun flick, but there is also an entertainment statement here too.

Is there still room for wholesome family-friendly fun humor?

By the end of the movie the answer to that question is clear
and a resounding yes. 

Another aspect making The Muppets a fun movie revolves around the many cameo appearances sprinkled throughout. Be on the lookout for the likes of Zach Galifianakis, Billy Crystal, Jack Black, Alan Arkin, Jean-Claude Van Damme and more! You just never know who you might see on the big screen in this movie.

While The Muppets is a great family-friendly fun movie it does come in a little on the long side. The music is great, the jokes are fun and the humor is laugh-out-loud in many places. However, clocking in at two hours makes for some slow parts along the way. For the most part the slower parts are transitional times in the movie. But, if some of them had been left on the editing room floor the movie would not have suffered at all.

With that in mind, parents remember this movie is not for the really young. Not because there are bad parts in the movie, but simply because two hours is a long time for young children to sit through a movie. While they will be glued to the big screen during the upbeat musical dancing parts of the movie – their attention span will quickly fade during the slower parts of the movie. If you want your younger kids to see The Muppets it might be best to wait for the DVD to come out.

Enjoy the show!

Dr. Rus

About the Author

Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.