The Muppets (2011)
Rated – PG
Directed by James Bobin
Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Kermit the Frog
As a 26-year-old, I might not have grown up with The Muppets like my parents did, but they showed no mercy by smothering me with every single one of their movies and practically ever Muppet Show episode. To say the least, I’m a fan of The Muppets in a great way, though not as big of a fan as Walter was in the film. Anyway, thanks to my parents, I feel that I was able to enjoy the nostalgia factor in The Muppets, along with the silly dance-routines, songs and jokes. For that very reason, The Muppets is definitely a treat for the adults as much as it is for kids.
The plot is simple and almost irrelevant. The Muppet Studio is about to be torn down by Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to get the oil underneath. Ravid Muppet fan, and Muppet-like himself, Walter travels with his brother Gary (Segel) and his girlfriend Mary (Adams) attempt to reunite the Muppet gang together for one last show/marathon to raise the $10 million they need to keep the Studio.
Co-written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, they were able to capture the bubbly and goofy nature of The Muppets along with the sly adult remarks throughout the film. The musical numbers were also impressive, either forcing your foot to tap along to the incredibly catchy beat or pulling at your heart-strings with a power-ballad. But like every Muppet movie, the human roles were limited and the real stars are the furry puppets, full of personality and heart.
While this is certainly a Muppet film for the current generation (just observe all of the cameos throughout), there is a big part that is directed towards the adults in the crowd who will recall their childhood memories of watching The Muppet Show. This is done with plenty of old Muppet Show footage, classic skits, and recycling old songs such as the show-stopper “Rainbow Connection.”
Overall, The Muppets is one of the more crowd-pleasing films in recent memory. Whether you grew up with the colorful, dancing and singing Muppets or this is the first time you’re witnessing the magic that they present, you will surely walk away from the theater with a smile on your face and admittedly be a fan of the Muppets.