In case you haven’t guessed by now, I am a HUGE Muppet Fan. So when I got a chance to see The Muppets, I jumped and said HELL YES. No, I really did. I had some fears that my beloved characters would not be as I remembered, or even worse, were turned into something totally different. But those fears quickly went away as soon as the movie began.
The Muppets new movie introduces a new character, Walter. Through Walter and his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams) we begin our Muppet adventure.
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend 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 a telethon 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.
…will the Muppets succeed?
The first time I ever saw The Muppets, I was probably about 3 or 4 yrs old. They were my absolute favorite TV show, and always held a special place in my heart. They were among my first movie experiences and allowed me to have an imagination, sense of humor and a love of music that has stuck with me to this day. So when I heard that a new movie was being released, not only was I excited for myself, but, I got the chance to watch this through my 4 yr old’s eyes as well.
Jason Segel co-wrote and starred in The Muppets as Gary, one of the gang that helps The Muppets reunite while deciding along the way if he was a Muppet or a Man. He had just enough innocence to play off Mr. Smalltown USA, but enough wit to keep us adults as entertained as the kids watching it were. Amy Adams was delightful as the sweet (and patient), loving girlfriend, Mary who stood by her man for 10 years just waiting for their relationship to be just her and Gary, and not so much her, Gary and Walter.
The scenes were full of nostalgic humor but not so heavy that you felt bored. And yes, there was singing- classics like Rainbow Connection and The Muppet Show Theme song, as well as new songs like Piggy and Mary’s Me Party. It was funny and original… it was easily the best family film I have seen in a long time. I loved it, my mom loved it and my 4 yr old hasn’t stopped talking about it.
The Muppets opens today- so before you get that turkey ready do your family a favor and go see The Muppets!