The Muppets (6/24/12)

The MuppetsMovie One Hundred Forty Seven

In The Muppets, an evil oil baron wants to destroy the Muppet Studios and the Muppet gang get help from their greatest fan.

As kids, Walter (voiced by Peter Linz) and his brother, Gary (Jason Segel), were huge Muppet fans. As grown-ups, Gary and his girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams), travel to Los Angeles for their anniversary and Walter comes along so they can finally visit the Muppet Studio. Upon arriving and finding the studio all but abandoned and forgotten, Walter overhears Tex Richman’s (Chris Cooper) plan to buy and demolish the studio to drill for oil. Walter seeks out Kermit the Frog and together, they must reunite the whole Muppet gang to put on a benefit show to win the studio back.

I think one would be hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t know the Muppets and one of the key aspects of The Muppets is that they are past their prime and are but a memory for most people. Their more recent movies have been decent but mostly forgettable and with this film, the unique brand of humor and wonder are back. Segel, who also co-wrote the film clearly loves the source material and stays true to the characters we know and love.

Possibly the biggest surprise for The Muppets is the soundtrack. While I suppose it could be considered a musical I’m not sure I would fully agree. There are plenty of songs but they don’t seem out of place, with the exception of Tex Richman rapping, which is just embarrassing. Bret McKenzie, best known for his work in Flight of the Conchords, has the perfect style and sense of humor for The Muppets. There are several songs that you may find yourself whistling or humming days later.

The best praise I can give The Muppets is that it is both refreshing and nostalgic. It doesn’t rely on knowing anything about the characters, but familiarity is certainly a plus. The humor is appropriate for nearly all ages but is not what I would consider childish. Few films can make you laugh and make you feel good while also tying to a piece of childhood memories, but The Muppets does that for me.

I give it 5 mehna mehnas  out of 5.

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