Most of us adults will remember watching The Muppets when we were kids. Especially during the Christmas season if let’s say you visited you’re uncle and auntie’s house, they would play the Muppets on the VCR or it might be showing on TV and you would sit there and watch while the adults went about their conversations.
Then The Muppets disappeared and today we have CGI based Christmas films with fancy animation. I mean it’s all great stuff and technology has helped give us more impressive Christmas films but it was something about the magic of The Muppets that was missing.
This year our favorite furry animals are back and while we were in the cinema for it’s premiere, we could help but notice how the adults were enjoying the movie more than the kids.
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.
You can rest easy – if you have previously loved the Muppets, you will likely currently love The Muppets. It’s a feeling that just doesn’t die. There’s really not much to say in this verdict, it’s more about appreciating the process that this movie was made.
Think about it, there’s a reality to being a part of this movie. Let’s take Jason Segal and Amy Adams. When they were acting, you could tell that they were really talking to Kermit and Piggy and not to some black space that would be filled in later by an animator. Hey that makes a huge difference in bringing out the emotions of all the characters.
It’s amazing how there’s not much you can do with a puppet or muppet in terms of facial expression because really it’s just cloth. Yet so much facial expression comes out of Kermit, it’s really impressive. You can tell he’s said or even how in some scenes he’s kind of given up on former glory.
This movie is a good revitalization of The Muppets franchise and the all around generosity is just what’s need to endear the muppets to a whole new generation.
The clever selection of celebrity guests keeps the tradition of cameo appearances in The Muppets films and we’re not going to spoil it for you. All we will say is that it’s done perfectly to relate to both the old and the new audience.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
its mixture of nostalgia, postmodern humor, fun songs, great humor, and a lot of entertaining cameos that make The Muppets a fun movie for both adults and children.
The Muppets opens in cinemas 8 Dec
Photos courtesy of Walt Disney Motion Pictures Studios Singapore
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