The Muppets

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Posted: Wed Feb 1 2012

If the secret to great comedy is timing, The Muppets must be one of the greatest comic acts of all time. The original ‘Muppet Show’ first screened in 1976, when its unique combination of sweet, surreal and subtly satirical silliness was the perfect panacea for a country (it was shot in Britain, lest we forget) sliding hopelessly into financial meltdown. Now here we are, 35 years later, and The Muppets are back to distract us from another bout of economic misery through the simple application of soulful psychedelic songsmithery and rubber chicken gags (WACKA! WACKA!).

It’s all down to the efforts of two men. After the success of ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’, a romcom about a guy who puts on a puppet musical, rising comic star Jason Segel and his writing partner (and occasional director) Nicholas Stoller were clearly a strong, if not the most commercial, choice to reinvigorate this languishing franchise, and the way they’ve managed to feed Segel’s lifelong Muppet obsession into the resulting movie is nothing short of brilliant.

Segel plays Gary, a rosy-cheeked small-town optimist whose younger brother Walter happens to be, well, a puppet. Now that Gary is all grown up, he hopes to marry his childhood sweetheart, Mary (Amy Adams), and get out on his own, leaving no place for his furry, still-single sibling. So the three head for LA to seek out the only folks who know Walter’s pain: his heroes, the Muppets.

But times have changed. The old Muppet Theater is in ruins, sold off to an evil oil magnate (Chris Cooper). Its original residents are scattered: Kermit to his Hollywood mansion, Piggy to Paris Vogue, Animal to anger management therapy... There’s only one thing for it: they’ve gotta get the old gang back together.

What follows may be a predictable sort of putting-on-a-show hi-jinks, but in some ways that’s the point: this is cosy-blanket filmmaking, the very definition of that overused term, feelgood. Segel is a charming frontman, and if Adams is at times overshadowed by her co-star (not to mention a legion of limelight-grabbing fuzzy-felt extras), the relationship between them is beautifully sketched.

But the real stars are, of course, the Muppets themselves: Jim Henson may be gone (and Frank Oz’s voice talents are conspicuous by their absence), but ‘The Muppets’ is entirely true to their pioneering spirit, replete with beloved supporting characters, subversive asides, terrible puns and some of the most ludicrous, maniacal musical numbers ever committed to film – one throwaway showcase for a flock of singing chickens may well prove to be the funniest scene of 2012. The result is a film bursting at the seams with sheer, unadulterated joy: watch it, and the world seems just that little bit brighter...

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UK release:

Fri Feb 10, 2012

Cast and crew

Director:

James Bobin

Screenwriter:

Jason Segal

Cast:

Jason Segal, Amy Adams, Jack Black

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TREGGLE2000

i think this film was very good as muppets have only been on youtube ever since the dawn of time but it was a good way of showing the younger generation what the muppets acctually are, they also included the history of the muppets in it which i thought was an excellent way of making the film muppety. i thought jack black played a really poor role and the director james bobin could have made him either do lots more in the film or make at least do some hings he has a natural talent for, making people laugh. I would give this a weak 3 and a half stars

gordy

clever silly, pure bliss .as a40+ i never really got into the muppets in the 80s but loved this film feelgood is to often used when reviewing films but that is what we have here folks

Ric

Yes the muppets are back~a few lol moments also aimed (mostly) at adults for entertainment?! I cant help but feel PIXAR have cashed in on this movie bringing the muppets out cold storage.....SO WHATS NEXT FOR THE MUPPETS? My guess is they are put back in the cupboard,shame!

JP

Quite simply, if you don't come out of this film with your mouth aching from smiling you have no soul.

JP

Quite simply, if you don't come out of this film with your mouth aching from smiling you have no soul.

Kez

As life long muppets fan, I loved this film! Pure nostalagic joy, modern but with all the classic elements I remember and loved from the first time round. Jason Segal has got loads of affection and fondness for the muppets and it shows. Was great hearing some of the old tunes (rainbow connection) mixed in with some new ones. OK, they aren't quite classic muppet songs yet but they most work really well with the movie and stay loyal to the roots of the originals. I thought it was much better then the last cinema release Muppets in Space and I look forward to seeing it again. I will acknowledge the lack of Frank Oz with regards to some of the voices though, at times they weren't quite 100% accurate

Kez

As life long muppets fan, I loved this film! Pure nostalagic joy, modern but with all the classic elements I remember and loved from the first time round. Jason Segal has got loads of affection and fondness for the muppets and it shows. Was great hearing some of the old tunes (rainbow connection) mixed in with some new ones. OK, they aren't quite classic muppet songs yet but they most work really well with the movie and stay loyal to the roots of the originals. I thought it was much better then the last cinema release Muppets in Space and I look forward to seeing it again. I will acknowledge the lack of Frank Oz with regards to some of the voices though, at times they weren't quite 100% accurate

Mike

Disappointing. I was really looking forward to this - esp after the amusing trailer. I managed to fall asleep first time, then thinking there were good bits I must have missed, I fell asleep second time I tried to see it. Of the bits I saw, clearly not sufficiently fascinating to stay awake for a whole 110 mins. As Tom Huddleston of TO says, the voices of Frank Oz are sorely missing. I wasn't wild about the short Pixar 'Toy Story' movie prior to The Muppets. Two stars.

scrumpyjack

Despite Black, an unashamed PLEASURE! Think Great WEST END MUSICAL for 1/4 the price of cheap seats and feel the JOY! Can't feel it? Check into the nearest Morgue, you one dead mo fo! 8/10

Ben

Can't understand the cynicism here, absoloutely loved it. Cried with laughter. I go to the cinema 1 or 2 times a week and cannot remember a film that has filled me with such unadulterated joy.

Ben

Can't understand the cynicism here, absoloutely loved it. Cried with laughter. I go to the cinema 1 or 2 times a week and cannot remember a film that has filled me with such unadulterated joy.

Ian

Bucks tony has it about right. I was very disappointed by the film. It is slow to start and the first half goes on and on and to be honest is pretty poor. The second hafl is much better. The cameos are generally excellent and the show itself is very good but you have to sit through the best part of a hour to get there. The chicken song is excellent but much else of the film is poor. Worth two stars but not quite three.

Bucks Tony

Rogerrabbit is right, this is dreadful. The first forty minutes of Dinseyfication especially. The Muppet brother, Walter, has sad resonance with mentally challenged kids. The film only comes to life when the original Muppet show begins. But altogether a film only the under fours could love.