The Muppets

(2011)

Genres: Comedy, Family, Musical

Review: The Muppets

Transcript for Review: The Muppets

CHRISTY LEMIRE:

I am so excited about our next movie, "The Muppets," because it inspired all kinds of childhood nostalgia for me. I pretty much wanted to be Miss Piggy when I was a little girl. But I will try to be a serious critic here. Jason Segel co-wrote the script and stars as the happy-go-lucky Gary. He and his brother, a muppet named Walter, live in Smalltown U.S.A., where bursting into song is a common occurrence.

Gary, Walter, and Gary's girlfriend, Mary, played by the ever-adorable Amy Adams, travel to Los Angeles to visit the original Muppet Show theater. But they find the place falling apart, and in danger of being torn down by a sinister oil man played by Chris Cooper.

The gang wants to get Kermit and the rest of the Muppet Show cast back together for one big extravaganza telethon to save the theater. But since this is a movie that knows it's a movie, they accomplish this in very clever ways.


It's probably about 20 minutes too long and it drags a bit toward the end, but if you loved the Muppets as a kid you'll find yourself smiling nearly the whole way through. And even though it's not in 3-D or made with Lego animation, kids today will probably dig it too I would think. Thumbs up from me.

IGNATIY:

It’s a thumbs up from me as well.

CHRISTY:

Oh, good.

IGNATIY:

This is a sweet, fun, funny movie, and I—I don’t think it drags at all.

CHRISTY:

No? Okay.

IGNATIY:

I think the only real flaw with this and this is, you know, only really a flaw that you notice if you’ve seen a lot of Muppet movies or the old Muppet Show are the voices. The voices are a little bit off.

CHRISTY:

Right. Frank Oz is not a part of this. Jim Henson is of course no longer with us. Frank Oz is not a part of this. Though the voices are a little bit different—that’s true.

IGNATIY:

But, uh, I feel like it captures the tone really really well. It’s a very—it’s a very good imitation of, you know, of the Muppet style.

CHRISTY:

It’s very faithful. I mean they do the entire open to The Muppet Show on stage in this theater, and it kind of gave me chills. It kind of brought me back to my childhood, and yet, there are all these ridiculous celebrity cameos of people today from like James Carvill to, you know, Jim Parsons. It’s just—it’s a bizaare amalgamation of stars the way it used to be back then with like Bob Hope or whoever it was, but they’ve contemporized it, and it’s kind of giddy, goofy and sweet.