Review: The Muppets (2011)

I adore the Muppets, so of course, on November 23, my family and I headed out to the theater to see the new movie. We were first in line when they started seating folks, because yes, I’m that much of a geek, all ready with our popcorn and coke.

And I loved it!! Gary lives in a small town with his brother, Walter, a puppet who dreams of being one of the Muppets he’s seen on TV. Gary decides to treat His girlfriend, Mary, with a trip to LA. Walter of course has to tag along, since that’s where the Muppet studio is. When they arrive at studio it’s more or less falling down, and a creepy, evil millionaire, Tex Richman, is planning to tear the theater down to drill for oil. I don’t quite understand the whole contract bit, but the Muppets have to raise $10 million to buy back the theater, and they only have a few days to do it. The whole gang reunites, even a reluctant Miss Piggy. It’s amusing to see where they all are: Miss Piggy works for Vogue, Fozzy is playing at a dive in Reno, Gonzo’s a plumbing magnate. But they all agree to work together to save the theater. Of course there are some problems along the way – the Muppets are no longer famous in case you didn’t know, a bulletin I apparently missed – but in true Muppet style, working together, they sing and dance their way to a happy ending.

 Reasons I Loved It:

  1. It made me smile and laugh out loud. It made me happy.
  2. They’re all there – Kermit, Piggy, the Swedish Chef , everybody! And they’re playing themselves, not munchkins or pirates, or Dickens characters.
  3. It’s classic Muppets. The tone is just perfect.
  4. It’s sweet and cute, but laughs at itself for it at the same time.
  5. The music. It fits the movie but doesn’t overwhelm it. And Kermit sings The Rainbow Connection.
  6. The Barbershop Quartet singing Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit while Jack Black raves on about how wrong that is.
  7. Jason Segel and Amy Adams are just the right co-stars for the motley group.
  8. It’s not 3D. Thank heavens.
    Statler: “Is this movie in 3D?”
    Waldorf: “Nope! The Muppets are as one-dimensional as they’ve always been.”
  9. Cameos. What’s a Muppet movie without a bunch of stars showing up?
  10. Mahna mahna! Go over to the website and you can record yourself yelling “MAHNA MAHNA!” Your little cameo will show up on their “Mahna Mahna” loop.

The Muppets are still irresistable!

11 Comments

  1. Longtime Muppet fans will undoubtedly have more fun than young ones, but for the most part, it’s a witty, delightful romp, that shows you that you can still be funny, without ever being mean still in 2011. Good review. Check out mine when you get the chance.

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