The Muppets (2011)

Summary:

The Muppets is an incredibly delightful experience filled with great humor and fun cameos. Even in its cheesier moments, The Muppets is able to poke fun at itself and keep things entertaining, especially during its musical numbers. The song and dance numbers are fantastic and feature some incredibly catchy songs. The movie finds the perfect balance of humor that both adults and children can enjoy.  The Muppets feels like a celebration and it’s brought to life by it’s wonderful cast, and of course Jason Segel.

 

Unfortunately with another busy weekend I’ve had to hit up my reserve for reviews this week. I’ve actually been sitting on this one for so long I completely forgotten I had written it but I’m glad to be able to post it now. There were a lot of great movies in 2011 that I just didn’t get the chance to catch at the theaters, one of which was The Muppets. Fortunately I’ve since been able to right that wrong and was treated to an incredibly delightful experience.

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The Muppets tells the story of a man named Gary and his Muppet brother Walter who have grown up idolizing the Muppets. After a shocking trip to the Muppet Studios reveals that the studio has been long forgotten and on the verge of having its rights sold, Gary, his girlfriend Mary, and Walter set out to reunite the gang and put on one last show to save the studio.

The Muppets (2011) is an incredible love letter to the Muppets that manages to keep the history and tradition alive. The movie was a personal project for Jason Segel and his enthusiasm definitely shines through on screen. It’s hard to imagine anyone else in his role without it coming across as awkward but he does a great job. The fact that he’s such a big Muppets fan translates well on screen and the labor of love shows. I had a hard time wiping the smile from my face throughout the movie and it’s so easy to get sucked into its whimsical vibe. The various cameos are fantastic and add to the charming nature of the film. The Muppets does a wonderful job of finding the perfect balance of entertainment for both children and adults to enjoy. There’s a lot of bending and breaking of the fourth wall and it’s super enjoyable. It’s a personal favorite style of humor and it’s done well. Even in its cheesier moments The Muppets is able to poke fun at itself, especially during its musical numbers.

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The various song and dance numbers are entertaining and often times incredibly catchy. Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) wrote many of the film’s songs including “Man or Muppet,” Life’s A Happy Song, “and” Me Party. The dance sequences add a lot of fun to the movie, especially when the movie is able to acknowledge its ridiculousness. There are a great variety of songs here and it’s nice how well they fit in without feeling tacked on.

There’s a lot to love about The Muppets (2011). The most addicting aspect to me is the fact that it feels like such a celebration of Muppets that it’s hard not to enjoy. Watching as Kermit reunites the gang, reminiscing on better times together, makes for such a great feel good movie especially as they’re faced with the fact of ‘not being popular anymore.’ It’s simply charming and definitely left me wanting more.

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The Muppets is an incredibly delightful experience filled with great humor and fun cameos. Even in its cheesier moments, The Muppets is able to poke fun at itself and keep things entertaining, especially during its musical numbers. The song and dance numbers are fantastic and feature some incredibly catchy songs. The movie finds the perfect balance of humor that both adults and children can enjoy.  The Muppets feels like a celebration and it’s brought to life by it’s wonderful cast, and of course Jason Segel.

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