Review: The Muppets (2012)

“Wow, that was an expensive explosion. I can’t believe we had that in the budget.”

The Muppets is a musical-comedy film. It stars Jason Segel (I Love You, Man), Amy Adams (The Fighter) and Chris Cooper (Adaptation). The film is directed by James Bobin in his first feature film. It’s also written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.

The Muppets long awaited return to the big screen is now here. It’s been over 12 years since we’ve had a proper original Muppet’s movie. It’s been long overdue. Ever since we had those excellent teaser trailers that parodied other films (The Green Lantern, Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and many others) I was more than hooked. I couldn’t wait for this. Annoyingly though our American cousins got the film back in November. That meant we had nearly a 3 month wait! That was simply ridiculous, however we waited (impatiently of course) until its UK February release date.

I’ll be honest, this review was kind of hard to write because the lack of main human actors but i’ll try my best. Jason Segel plays Gary. He’s a kind hearted man who lives with his brother Walter (who is a Muppet). We don’t get any explanation on why his brother is a Muppet but its the type of film where its unnecessary to question. As brothers they are very close and they’ve always been there for each other throughout there lives. Things start to get a bit complicated when Gary’s relationship with Walter starts to disrupt his other relationship with Mary, who is played by the lovely Amy Adams. Both Segel and Adams are delightful, they posses great screen chemistry as well as solid interactions with The Muppets themselves. Chris Cooper as Tex Richman, the main antagonist of the film is absolutely brilliant. Cooper, a academy award winning actor makes a great villain and who seems to be relishing it.

Now, The Muppet gang are fantastic – as you’d expect to be honest. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear – the whole gang were incredibly funny. To convey such emotion and chemistry with Muppets is no easy task but the outcome is successful. The film also boats a stellar cameo cast that include Dave Grohl, Neil Patrick Harris, Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Mickey Rooney and Jim Parsons (my personal favourite) – plus much much more.

The astounding achievement for the film though is the music. It’s very much the heart and soul of everything and the backbone to the story. Every song is perfect and depicts the true Muppet feeling. Brett McKenzie has done a brilliant job and I hope he wins the accolades that have been nominated to him. “Man or Muppet” and “Life’s a Happy Song” are just wonderful.

Overall I found The Muppets outstanding and magnificent. It’s the story is wonderful, the songs are brilliant and at the end you are left feeling all warm and fuzzy. You will laugh immensely and will have a huge smile on your face all day. I’d say this is definitely a shoe in for my first film of the year. Jason Segel has done a superb job and done Jim Henson proud I feel. As Kermit the frog would say, it left me with Happy feet.

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4 Responses to “Review: The Muppets (2012)”
  1. Phil Edwards says:

    A great film. Totally agree with you and a nice review

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