Friday, April 4, 2014

Movie Review: "The Muppets" (2011)

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Movie"The Muppets"
Director: Ivan Reitman
Year: 2011
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes

Gary (Jason Segel) and Walter are brothers growing up in Smalltown. Early in their childhood, they are introduced to "The Muppet Show" and become huge fans. Walter, who looks remarkably like a Muppet himself, becomes obsessed with everything Muppets related. Now all grown up, Gary and his longtime girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) are planning a trip to Los Angeles for their anniversary. Since Gary and Walter are so close, they invite him along so he can tour the Muppet Studios. As soon as they arrive in LA, they take the tour of the now run-down studio, where most of the exhibits are closed. Walter sneaks off to explore Kermit's office, but hides when he hears a group walk in the room. This group, comprising of men and Muppets, are discussing the impending purchase of the Muppets Studios in order to turn it into a Muppet Museum. The main purchaser is a man by the name of Tex Richman (Chris Cooper), who really has no intention of making it a museum, but rather plans to tear down the studios for the oil that is underneath. Walter decides he must find a way to stop him. He, Gary and Mary must find Kermit the Frog and get the whole gang back together to put on one last show in an attempt to save their old studio. 

After many years off the big screen, The Muppets make a triumphant return in this fun, quirky, heartwarming movie filled with lots of memorable songs, tons of cameos, and the classic Muppets humor we have all come to love (unless you don't have a heart or soul).

From Kermit to Beaker, (most of) the gang is back together! Pretty much whenever you get to witness a movie featuring The Muppets, it's going to be a good time. They haven't missed a beat in decades. Even after a several year "layoff," they are still just as funny now as they were when the first movie featuring The Muppets came out in the 1970's. Their classic humor remains the same, and The Muppets make it very aware to audiences that they know they are making a movie, or, "breaking the fourth wall." Each Muppet character brings their own brand of humor to the group. Kermit is the practical brains of the operations and his humor is always more subtle than the others. Miss Piggy is the selfish, stuck-up character who is in love with Kermit, but remains lovable herself and still knows that the group is important. Fozzy has his silly puns, Statler and Waldorf are funny because they constantly poke fun at The Muppets, and Gonzo is his crazy, zany self. And of course, how could we forget our favorite, the Swedish Chef?! All of the Muppets come together to make one big, spectacular group that makes us smile from ear to ear even in our adulthood.

Jason Segel and Amy Adams were the perfect humans to counter The Muppets and bring this story to life. Segel has that wide-eyed face coupled with a real funniness about him, and Adams is a delightful, bubbly soul. They really make this movie a pleasure to watch. Plus, they are both really good singers! Chris Cooper was fantastic as Tex Richman, especially with his declaration of "maniacal laugh..." instead of laughing maniacally; we love this phrase so much, we use it in our day-to-day vernacular.

Every piece of the puzzle came together to make a really great movie that we enjoy re-watching time and time again. We hope this generation of youths comes to love The Muppets as we have!

My Rating: 10/10
BigJ's Rating: 9/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 96%
Do we recommend this movie: ABSOLUTELY YES!!!

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