‘The Muppets’ Review: A Charming Return of the Classic Characters, Light the Lights…
The extraordinary thing about The Muppets is that there is no age group or specific audience that won’t enjoy this movie. It literally has something for everyone. It has great music, hysterical moments, and a lot of heart. If none of those things tickle your fancy then surely you will enjoy the many cameos of celebrities from today and yesteryear.
The story sees Jason Segel basically playing himself as a major fan of the Muppets and a brother to a new puppet character, Walter. Walter falls in love with the Muppets after seeing them on TV and declaring them as “his kind”. So Segel’s character and his girlfriend of ten years played by the always delightful Amy Adams head to Los Angeles to tour Muppet Studios. Turns out its over a perfect place to drill for oil and is being sold to the evil CEO of an oil company. Walter then goes on a quest to reunite the Muppets to raise money to save their studio from being destroyed.
Simple? Yes, and that is of course why it works. It’s great seeing the characters first go to Kermit, then Fozzie, and eventually to Miss Piggy. The Muppets are as hilarious as ever and prove that their hijinks will never get old. The musical numbers are great too. Most of the cameos are pretty fantastic but a few celebrities show up and don’t even get to look at the camera until the end credits. The only reason this is an issue is because clearly the celebrity or the filmmaker went out of their way to make the cameo happen when the script didn’t allow for more one liners from some of today’s most recognizable faces. I also must admit that the film felt surprisingly long towards the end.
In the end, however, The Muppets works for one reason, the sheer amount of fun that everyone had making this film. Segel is more than ecstatic to be on screen with all these characters. Plus every celebrity cameo looks like they are about to burst out laughing in their short amount of screen time.
If you are looking to take the kids to the movies this Thanksgiving weekend you cannot go wrong with The Muppets. It is one of the most enjoyable movies of the year and a welcome return for the iconic characters. (*** out of 4)