The new Muppets film finally arrives in theatres today. So much buzz has surrounded this movie — there was even a campaign to get the Muppets to host the Oscars — it’s hard to believe it could hold up to the hype. So did it?
Before I dive into my review, there are a few things you should know about me: I love Jason Segel Freaks and Geeks , Forgetting Sarah Marshall), I love movies with singing and dancing, and I love to cry at a movie. So basically, The Muppets was made for me.
Jason Segel plays Gary, the brother to Walter, a Muppet who doesn’t know he’s a Muppet. Amy Adams plays Mary, Gary’s girlfriend and love of his life for the past 10 years. The three of them set off on a vacation to LA. Being a Kermit super-fan, Walter’s dream is to see The Muppets studio. While on the tour (given by the curmudgeonly Alan Arkin), Walter overhears Statler and Waldorf sell The Muppets property and name to a wealthy oil tycoon, Tex Richman (played by Chris Cooper). It’s now up to Walter, Gary and Mary to track down Kermit (the frog), who’s been out of the spotlight for years. The rest is in the hands of this little green frog, who needs to get his gang of misfits back together to save their name and place in history.
Things you need to know before going to see The Muppets:
-Parents: brace yourselves, you will like it more than your kids.
-Kids 5 years + will most likely sit through it.
-Kids 7 years + will actually enjoy and understand it.
-The music is great: Bret McKenzie (a personal fave from TV’s Flight of the Conchords) was the music supervisor and wrote three original songs in the movie.
-There are plenty of all-star cameos, from old Hollywood, Mickey Rooney, to Canadian indie-rock darling, Feist , (who your kids may know from her song 1,2,3,4, featured on Sesame Street.)
A number of hilarious parody trailers were produced for The Muppets. This one is my favourite.