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The Muppets are back on the big screen

Fri, Dec 23 2011 12:02 PM Posted By: Jeri Jacquin

Director James Bobin and Walt Disney Pictures have brought the Muppets back together for a brand new movie.

The film tells the story of Walter (voiced by Peter Linz), and his brother Gary (Jason Segel) who grew up together as best friends. Gary never thought any different about the way his brother Walter looked. They did everything together and were happy.

Until one day Walter sees the television show “The Muppets” and begins to see his dream, to one day visit the Muppets stage in Hollywood. Gary is in love with Mary (Amy Adams) and she has always wanted to go to Los Angeles. Gary gets the idea to fulfill both of their dreams.

Once there, Walter discovers that the Muppets theater is in jeopardy as Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) is in the process of buying the property. Walter takes it on himself to find Kermit and tell him what’s happening. The only way to raise the money to stop Richman is for Kermit to get the group back and perform.

But Mary is starting to feel left out since Gary is spending more time with Walter and leaving her to see the sights of Los Angeles on her own.

From Gonzo to Animal to Fozzie Bear and the Swedish Chef, Kermit has no problem getting them to say yes. But there is one Muppet he must sweet talk — Miss Piggy!

Will Gary apologize to Mary? Will Walter become a Muppet? Will Jack Black agree to host? Can the gang convince Miss Piggy to come back?

Final word: This is a sweet story and filled with jokes that the Muppet show was always known for. Segel as Gary is goofy and brotherly and bursts into song a lot. I think he sang more than the Muppets did!

Adams is her usual sweet, wide-eyed self as Mary. She also sings and dances her way across the screen the likes which we haven’t seen since of “Enchanted.”

The cast of Muppets are endearing, sweet, funny and everything I remember them to be. Of course, Animal is my favorite, so it was interesting to see how long he could maintain himself before his true nature came out.

That being said it seemed that the film is geared more toward the adult audience, which was totally thrilled with the film. The children were a tad confused and in this world of so many puppet characters, they didn’t seem to make the connection.

Other castmembers include Rashida Jones as CDE executive, Alan Arkin as the tour guide, Zach Galifianakis as Hobo Joe, Ken Jeong as the Punch teacher, Sara Silverman as the greeter, Emily Blunt as Miss Piggy’s receptionist, plus James Carville, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, David Grohl, Judd Hirsch, John Krasinski, Rico Rodriguez, Mickey Rooney and Neil Patrick Harris.

Tubs of popcorn: I give “The Muppets” three-and-a-half tubs of popcorn out of five. The best part of the film is Kermit’s rendition of “Rainbow Connection,” which is the most beautiful Muppet song ever. If the family knows the Muppets, then this is the film that will be enjoyed totally.


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