MUPPETS, THE (2011)

 

 

 

Director: James Bobin

Writers: Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller

Cast: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Rashida Jones, Ken Jeong, Donald Glover and Chris Cooper

Studio: Disney

Set in Smalltown, USA, Gary lives with his Muppet-brother Walter and is dating the lovely and adorable Mary. Walter has grown up with Gary for years, and is one of the biggest Muppet fans of all time. Upon going to The Muppet Theater, Walter overhears Statler, Waldorf, and Tex Richman discussing plans to sell the theater to Tex. But Tex is secretly planning to tear down the theater and drill for oil underneath it.

“The Muppets” lives up to most of its hype. It’s a solid, stand-alone movie with a great storyline. While the film may be considered a tribute, which in many ways it is, very rarely does a tribute make a great movie. Any TV show can put the Muppets on proverbial pedestals using archive footage. “The Muppets” succeeds by breathing new life into characters we’ve known for years, and bringing them back down from their high pedestals so they’re easier to see.

It really takes a Muppet fanatic to reintroduce these classic characters about whom the movie alleges everyone forgot. In the movie, that fanatic is Walter, who is himself a Muppet that the world treats like a human being, albeit a very short human being. When Walter accompanies his best friend and roommate Gary (Jason Segel) and his longtime girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) to Los Angeles, Walter’s ultimate goal is to take a tour of the famed Muppet theater. He soon finds that the theater’s glory days are long gone, and the Muppets themselves have since gone their separate ways.

It is a wonderful thing to be surprised by movies, but it is even more glorious to go in with high expectations to have them all met to the hilt. “The Muppets” is one of those movies. Hollywood has made countless revivals, spin-offs, and remakes in recent years and some of them have felt absolutely unnecessary and tiring, but not this movie. This is a revival that deserves to go on and on. And it is so clever and smart and charming with the way it handles itself that it deserves to be seen by people of all ages, regardless of how much or little they know about the Muppets or their creator, the late Jim Henson. But whether you are a longtime devotee or newcomer, this new “The Muppets” will leave you hungry for more.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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