|Don’t call it a comeback: ‘Muppets’ return to big screen|
|Written by Andrew Steckling, Daily Vidette News Editor|
|Sunday, 27 November 2011 16:10|
“Sometimes, even frogs have rainy days.”
And for Kermit and friends in “The Muppets,” the rainy day in question equates to potentially losing their home, Muppet Studios, and their trademark if they aren’t able to pay $10 million to evil oil baron Tex Richman, who plans to bulldoze the lot to dig for oil underneath.
There’s just one catch: it’s been 12 years since the Muppets last released a film into theaters and have lost their popularity.
That’s where three fans, Walter, a puppet; Gary (Jason Segel), Walter’s brother, and Mary (Amy Adams), Gary’s girlfriend, come in to help round up the gang and organize a telethon fundraiser.
What ensues over the next 98 minutes is pure gold, as the film, co-written by Segel and Nicholas Stoller (whose previous work, as an example, was the hilarious “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”), leaves the audience with a sense of sentimentality, laughter and several musical numbers — wonderfully supervised by “Flight of the Conchords’” own Bret McKenzie.
I do not want to release too many details regarding the movie because I feel it will steal the film’s thunder. It really is just something you should go see, if that’s a call to action enough for you all.
The film is a welcome addition to the already popular franchise and any fan of the Muppets should not hesitate to see this movie (unless you have already, then hopefully you share my thoughts).
Although there are significantly less cameos than previously addressed on Internet chat boards (15 actual in the movie, by my count (with a little help from Wikipedia), audiences will not be disappointed.
If you love to see references to older films, the movie itself makes fun of the cliché Hollywood-esque techniques used in films past and present and the surprising vocal talents of Chris Cooper (never knew the man could rap), Segel and Adams, then this movie is for you.
It’s the Muppets you remember from your childhood but brought into the 21st century. And it is a highly accepted transition.