Release Date: Nov 23, 2011
Runtime: 1 hr. 38 min.
Director: James Bobin
Cast: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Steve Whitmire.
It's not everyday you see a film with pure happiness bursting at its seams; but it's also not everyday you get to meet "The Muppets." After a hiatus of more than ten years from the silver screen, Kermit and the gang are back and livelier than ever. But first they must put on the show of all shows to outbid ruthless oil tycoon, Tex Richman, and save the theater that they once called home. From its opening musical number, the movie draws you into the memories you had as a child, when life was carefree and full of whimsy. Writing duo Segel and Stoller tap into every bit of that nostalgia to make the 50's homage feel vibrant and new, while director James Bobin adds a contemporary look. With a variety of celebrity cameos and ridiculously catchy tunes, "The Muppets" are everything fans long to remember, and an introduction to those who are unfamiliar. What's more is that the puppets are now self-aware and infinitely mobile, constantly breaking the fourth wall and making parodies upon parodies. That's the genius behind the marketing of the film, which utilizes its colorful cast while keeping the humor intact. And laugh you will, if not at least smile, for what is a show without an audience. But for those who have a low tolerance for uber cheesiness, be prepared for sudden break-outs in song and mob dance routines. (Hey, this is Disney, after all.) At any rate, "The Muppets" leaves a lasting impression, and seeing Chris Cooper rap is well worth the ticket.
Rating: 4½ stars