Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Muppets 2011: Late Movie Review

The Muppets

Cast: Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy

Writers: Jason Segel, Nicholas Stroller

Director: James Bobin

** and 1/2 *'s out of Four.

It's time to start the music. It's time to raise the lights. It's time to...hey wait a minute. I'm already ten minutes into this and I don't see one goddamn Muppet. I see Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and a puppet named Walter. But I don't see any muppets in this flick. This is supposed to be "The Muppets" right? I'm pretty damn sure I waked into the correct theatre? After all didn't I read somewhere that this was suppose to be a return to those classic movies and shows from the past. A movie that reminded me of why I love these characters so much, and yet would introduce them to a whole new generation. Well they got the middle part right. I just wished they have done the same with the beginning and the end.

At the start you have Gary(Jason Segel) and his brother Walter who is a puppet( don't bother trying to figure out how this is possible). They both get tickets to see the place where "The Muppet Show" was taped. Of course when they get there the place has been shut down and is about to be demolished by an evil oil tycoon(Chris Cooper). So now the race is on to find Kermit and the rest of the gang so that they can put on a new show and raise money. When the Muppets are on screen, the movie works. There are a lot of great moments with those characters that made me love them again. But as soon as they go into side plots about Gary's relationship with Mary(Amy Adams) or Walter's stage fright. It becomes frustrating because those elements look like they belong in a different movie. Even the musical numbers feel a bit out of place. I'm not saying they are bad, they just don't fit. When "The Rainbow Connection" is finally played. It's there for strictly  nostalgia purposes and nothing more. Like the original, this one does feature some cameos, but none are really that memorable. The only one worth mentioning is Jim Parsons as a human version of Walter during a musical number.

(Clip Curtosey of Walt Disney Pictures)

I am glad that this movie is doing good and I hope it will get people to check out some of the older movies and T.V. shows too. I just didn't have the same sense of enthusiasm for this flick like I did.  The fake trailers were way more creative and funnier than this.  It will be interesting to see how someone who has never heard of The Muppets thinks about this.