Saturday 11 February 2012

Film: The Muppets

Brothers Gary (Jason Segel) and Walter (a muppet) are inseperable so when Gary decides to take his girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) on a trip to Hollywood Walter tags along, determined to visit the legendary Muppet Theatre.

They find a ruined theatre about to be demolished by oil baron Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) and decide to track down Kermit The Frog who sets about assembling the old gang to stage a show that will raise the ten million dollars required to save the theatre.

This is the first Muppet movie I've seen since Christmas Carol and the characters have lost none of their appeal. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the rest of the muppets are in fine form, especially the crazy drummer Animal who steals every scene that he's in.

Segel, Adams and Cooper all look like they are having great fun too and there are appearances by Jack Black, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Alan Arkin, Whoopi Goldberg and Mickey Rooney.

It's more of a nostalgia trip than a riotous comedy and I did have to look past the song & dance numbers but this is still a nice film that shows the incredible staying power of these characters.

If you fondly remember The Muppet Show you'll enjoy it and a new generation of youngsters will be singing "It's time to play the's time to light the lights".

The Muppets is in cinemas now.

Ric's Rating: 72%


  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 Ric.

  2. Cheers Da. I couldn't agree more.

  3. I liked it, but didn't love it. I agree with you, it was more of a nostalgia trip than a laugh-out-loud comedy.

  4. Yep, I enjoyed it but there weren't enough laughs, it's all about the characters and a bit of a coming of age tale too.

  5. Agree as well! Song and dance was a bit over the top. However it was a trip down memory lane. Ricky, you need to check out the other two Muppet movies in between, Muppet Treasure Island and Muppets From Space.


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