Created on Saturday, 03 December 2011 00:00
Written by Samantha See
Remember Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo? After years of near-inactivity, they are back to revive their popularity with their evergreen charm.
Opening in a bright, cheery mood to the tune of "Life's a Happy Song", we are introduced to Gary (Jason Segel), an avid fan of the Muppets. Unlike Toy Story, the lead character holds on tight to his puppet buddy Walter, long after they are overshadowed by sharper brighter and even 3D characters and even through college and work. So imagine his excitement when he and his sweetheart of 10 years, Mary (Amy Adams), head to Los Angeles where Hollywood's once-iconic Muppet Studios stood for a holiday. And imagine his disappointment and reasonable urge to take action when he learns that villain Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) is eyeing on the now-dilapidated Muppets Studios for a lucrative oil deal.
So, in an old-fashioned Muppets style, Gary gathers all the characters including Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo for a reunion to raise money to save the studio. The characters each has woes of their own: Miss Piggy is upset over Kermit's lack of initiative and Walter gets stage fright after the long retreat. Of course, it isn't long before Mary gets annoyed by the attention her man gives to his toys over her.
The Muppets is a feel-good film that preaches certain values as it did in the past but, at the same time, pokes fun at itself and its silliness and preachiness. Lovely guest appearances by the likes of Rashida Jones, Emily Blunt, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Neil Patrick Harris and Jack Black all almost guarantee this to be a laugh along on top of a sing-along.
In all, assisted by music and great creativity, nostalgia gets a great makeover in an unexpectedly delightful The Muppets that will satisfy old fans and win them new ones. You might also like: 50/50
, Puss in Boots