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  • Nov 25, 2011
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THE MUPPETS

Written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller

Directed by James Bobin

Starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Kermit the Frog

The first Muppet movie in over 10 years, simply called THE MUPPETS, was tailor made for people just like me – fans of the show that long for simpler times, when frogs both ran theatres and away from pigs. With the threat of losing their long abandoned Muppet Theatre, the whole gang – joined by Amy Adams, brand new Muppet, Walter, and co-writer (and new personal hero) Jason Segel  – band together to put on one more show to prove to the world, and themselves, that they still have what it takes. At the risk of giving it all away, I can assure you, The Muppets definitely still have it.

 

In today’s fast paced world of crude humour and low attention spans, The Muppets run the risk of being perceived as no longer relevant. Segel, and co-writer, Nicholas Stoller (director of Segel collaboration, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL), weave this danger into their plot. The setting is the present and, as we Muppet fans know, there has been very little Muppet presence in the media for some time now. Fans have not forgotten but they have long since moved on. Segel plays Gary, a character that mirrors his real life devotion to The Muppets. Together with his brother, Walter (a Muppet voiced by Peter Linz), they use their deep rooted appreciation for The Muppets to convince them to come out of retirement. It remains unknown as to whether contemporary audiences will still care but the sense of nostalgia that permeates every moment of this film draws fans in and gets the whole audience rooting for the comeback they so truly deserve.

In that sense, it is brilliantly written, modernized without feeling inauthentic. If you were a fan of The Muppets, you will be inundated with warm memories and fuzzy feelings throughout this film. From a strictly critical perspective, there are a few musical moments (written by Bret McKenzie, one half of the Flight of the Conchords duo) that drag, a few plot holes that could have saved their theatre without having to actually put on a show and a few cameos (from Sarah Silverman to Neil Patrick Harris to Feist) that were clearly longer to begin with, but when you’re caught up in this much fun, these kinds of things hardly matter. When it comes down to it, I laughed; I cried; and I wanted to watch it again as soon as it ended. THE MUPPETS is without question the family movie of the year!

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January 04, 2012
I'll have to see this...
 
November 28, 2011
Alright, now I have to figure out who to drag to see this.... I LOVE The Muppets! Thanks for sharing, Joseph!
 
November 25, 2011
Great review, I was thinking about checking this out but, I wasn't sure how it'd translate or if I'd like it. So is it a 3 out of ten for you or 8 out of 10?
November 25, 2011
8 out of 10 for sure. I will be catching this one a second time in theatres for sure!
November 26, 2011
Nice! I'll have to take my niece to this one :)
 
November 25, 2011
who wouldn't like the Muppets? Nice to see you back posting reviews here, Joseph!
November 25, 2011
Yeah, it's been a while. I find that after TIFF, I just have a lot of interviews and most of the films being released, I've already reviewed or have no interest in seeing. I have two more reviews to write this weekend though so there should be more soon.
 
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review by . June 20, 2012
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Well, this was certainly a surprise! Its been about twelve years since the last Muppet movie, Muppets from Space, and it looked after that like The Muppets were indeed totally forgotten about. But the 2011 Muppets movie proved that no one forgot about The Muppets, and that the likes of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo the Great, Fozzie Bear, and all the others have never been forgotten. In fact, it seemed people wanted them back more than ever, because The Muppets was a smash hit - it made $158 …
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As a child, I have fond memories of watching The Muppet Show and enjoying the mix of comedy, music, and dance with my family and recapping the show with my friends the following day. Kermit, Ms. Piggy, Fozzie the Bear, and the whole gang were my childhood icons and provided countless hours of entertainment with their brilliant and inspired variety show as well as the three movies that followed. It is hard to believe that 1989 was the last time the gang graced the big screen with “The Muppets …
review by . November 24, 2011
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Star Rating:         The Muppets plays the music and lights the lights, but it’s not sensational, inspirational, celebrational, or even muppetational, and that’s the most disappointing thing of all. What we have are two movies vying for the same space, neither emerging victorious because they’re not handled particularly well. On the one hand, we have a soppy, innocuous love story between Jason Segel and Amy Adams, which is occasionally interrupted …
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Director: James Bobin
Genre: Comedy, Family
Release Date: 23 November 2011 (USA)
Screen Writer: Jason Segel, Jim Henson
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