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The Muppets (2011)


Eff you Alvin and eff you Smurfs, these are my real child-hood heroes.

In this flick, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and friend Mary (Amy Adams) must raise $10 million to save the Muppet Theater from Tex Richman (Chris Cooper), a businessman who plans to demolish the Muppet Theater to drill for oil.

I’ve always been a Muppets fan ever since I was a little kid so when I heard they were finally coming back after all this time away from the limelight, you know that the little kid inside of me jumped up-and-around in the little Kermit the Frog undies like a kid on Christmas day.

Basically this film is one big excuse for Segel to pal around with all of his child-hood friends and give us a whole hour long episode of The Muppets, but it doesn’t feel like just one big excuse for anything, it feels like an actual film that could bring them back.

The plot itself has been done over millions of times but what really separates this film from the others is how tongue-in-cheek and self-aware everything is that just about every single ridiculous happening in this film seems so normal and made me laugh my ass off. There is a lot of winking at the camera but it didn’t seem over-used and there are little subtle moments where you can tell that they all know they are in a movie, which adds so much more fun to this film’s comedy. I mean hell if you just see the trailer, they tell you right away that The Muppets aren’t popular in today’s world but somehow they are able to bring back all of the wit and charm that made the original fun for kids and adults alike but there are still some other little pieces of humor that are made for the new generation as well.

Another aspect of this film that worked was the music and how great all of the songs were. The music supervisor for this flick was Bret McKenzie, from ‘Flight of the Concords’, and you can tell that he has some great talent in song-writing. There are plenty of original and fun tracks here such as “Life’s a Happy Song”, “Man or Muppet”, “Pictures in My Head”, and plenty more memorable tracks that I had humming in my head after the film was over. The best thing about all of this music is that it’s not only fun to listen to but when you watch, there are still a lot of funny things happening in these musical numbers which you barely ever see in musical-like films of today’s world. No matter who or what you listen to, you can’t resist some toe-tapping here.

Jason Segel is apparently one of the biggest Muppets fan ever and it shows because this whole film he just has this one big and goofy grin on his face the whole time as Gary. The guy is really having the time of his life and thanks to that, I was too. Amy Adams is very innocent and sweet as Mary who sometimes will come out of nowhere and make a very funny comment then do some out-of-character song. The problem with their story-line is that it kind of gets lost about 20 minutes into the film and we start to care less and less about their “love story” and more if The Muppets are going to be able to pull this show off after all. Chris Cooper is also a total bad-ass as Tex Richman, which is a great role for Cooper because he gets to be a little goofy and show off some of his rapping skills that he’s been hiding for so long. Yes people, Oscar-winner Chris Cooper has a rap solo in this film. There are also dozens of cameos from plenty of A-listers that are sure to make anybody go, “Ooooh, look who it is!”.

The main reason why The Muppets works though is because in the end it’s really all about how you can still be fun, hip, heart-warming, and even a little cool if you just stick to a formula that you have been doing for about 30 years. The Muppets are not mean, they use humor but never to hurt anyone it’s more of to just make people laugh and have a good time which is probably one of the best things about them. In today’s world, comedy relies on raunch, mean comments, slurs, and so many more bad things, but The Muppets are simple: they are funny, without ever offending or hurting anybody’s feelings. To do that in any decade is awesome, but to be able to do that in 2011 and be the best comedy/family-film of the year, is probably one of the best achievements that this film has to offer. This is a PG flick that is for the whole family because they can all have fun and thanks to Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and everybody else, I had a great time too.

Consensus: The Muppets is all about having a good time with humor, great musical numbers, dozens of hilarious cameos, and a lot of heart to make you feel like you are watching all of your favorite Muppets together once again and hopefully this time, they are here to stay.

9/10=Full Price!!

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52 responses to “The Muppets (2011)

  1. Jaina November 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Great to see so many positive reviews for this film.Can’t wait to see it out here :D

  2. Resmo112 November 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I absolutely love that we made the same comment about Jason Segel! good review Dan I thoroughly enjoyed it. you’re a SIGNIFICANTLY better reviewer than me :)

  3. J. Karamour November 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Great review, I too enjoyed this movie as much as you.

    Although I do think older fans appreciated the film more, I’m glad the new generation of children were introduced to them. Hopefully more Muppet movies are on the way!

  4. Ryan Fernand (@ryan_fernand) November 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    It’s great to see that Muppets fans and non-Muppets fans are liking this film. It is just so much fun, and you are so right on the film’s soundtrack. I haven’t stopped listening to it since I saw the film last week. Great review.

  5. Steven Flores November 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I enjoyed this film. I’m so glad the Muppets are back.

  6. maccam89 November 29, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    So good to have the Muppets back. Great review!

  7. Sheryl November 30, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Great review! I am looking forward to seeing this movie!

  8. Rodney November 30, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Ohmanohmanohman I cannot wait for this to come out here in Australia. This is going to be AWESOME!!!

  9. Danae November 30, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Awesome review, Dan. I especially like your nod to the soundtrack – you’re right, the songs are terrific. The Muppets is a heartwarming, instant classic to be sure. It appeals to the little kid in everyone. Check out my review if you have the time!

    http://www.cuttothechasereviews.com/2011/11/new-movie-review-muppets-2011.html

  10. Candice Frederick November 30, 2011 at 3:40 am

    YAYA nice review! after reading the Entertainment Weekly interview with Jason Segel about this movie, it officially had me hooked. it just seems so precious, nostalgic, and fun. i can’t wait to see this. thanks for the reminder!

  11. VictorsMovieReviews November 30, 2011 at 3:47 am

    I’m hoping to watch it this weekend.

    Based on all the good reviews this movie is getting I expect it to be the first Muppet movie nominated for an Academy Award.

  12. Alvin / Direcow November 30, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Great review! Tons in it that I left out in mine, but agree totally! Now I want to watch it again.

  13. (Fr) Dennis Kriz, OSM November 30, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Good Review! I’ve always liked the Muppets as well. I do kinda wish that they had come up with a less “political” villain. A mean oil baron named “Tex Richman.” Why not just call him Dick Cheney? ;-). But fortunately the Muppets remained goofy enough that the heavy handedness of that would have passed by most of the kids. Anyway, take care and best wishes with your very, very nice blog!

  14. Scott Lawlor November 30, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I am not reading this as I am sulking…. Sulking that I have to wait so long for it to come out this side of the pond…
    :-)

  15. The Diarist November 30, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I love The Muppets. I loved this movie. Like I said in my review, The Muppets has to do with The Muppet Movie as Moonwalker has to do with Dr. No. The names of the characters are the same, but the characters aren’t. They all have their positives and negatives. But in the end there can be only one.

    Like Roger Moore, these Muppets did a fantastic job being the Muppets. But like Sean Connery, there can be only one. Don’t get me wrong; I love these Muppets. They embody everything the original Muppeteers wanted the Muppets to be. But they aren’t The Muppets.

    I wish these Muppets the best. They can have a long life. So long as …

    … they these Muppets have nothing to do with the Muppets we’ve just been introduced to.

  16. Nicholas November 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Good review, completely agree that it being so self aware was one of its best attributes.

  17. cartoonista November 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Wholeheartedly agree with this review. All my nostalgia buttons were pushed in the right places!

  18. MSRheinlander November 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    You review is right on!!! I love the Muppets and was super excited to see the movie!!

  19. mducoing November 30, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    The Muppets is a heart-felt, warm, and thoroughly entertaining film that even manages to make Jack Black funny again. And for all the nostalgia that The Muppets bring, it is their ability to work with us in an adult and a modern world that has its greatest impact. In fact, observers may harbor but one indignant question throughout…”Where have The Muppets been all this time?” Nice review.

    • CMrok93 December 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      I wonder where they have been all this time but I’m glad that they are back and funny again. I also didn’t know that they could have made Jack Black funny again either. Thanks!

  20. carol November 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Like you, I’ve been a Muppets fan since I was a kid. I will say that my daughter, who is 11, rolled her eyes and gave me the exasperated “Mom” whisper when I laughed a little too loud during the movie, but I loved it.

  21. Dave November 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Great movie. Laugh out loud funny.

  22. fogsmoviereviews December 1, 2011 at 2:01 am

    FULL PRICE! :D

    Damn straight!

    “hopefully this time, they are here to stay.” No kidding. We better get a sequel here at least!

  23. DTG Reviews December 1, 2011 at 3:15 am

    This movie is filled with laughs and a good plot-line, leading to a great message. It is one of the best family movies I’ve seen lately; Jason Segal and Amy Adam do a wonderful job in this remarkable movie!

  24. Ian Simmons December 1, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Hey, Dan! Thanks for checking out my review. It’s strange: our reactions are completely different, but the reasons are the same. Keep up the good work!

  25. Buster the Administrator December 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Great review, man. This was a wonderful film even if it did have a few quirks. The songwriting and the musical numbers were incredibly inspired and witty. It appears that Jason Segel did the impossible and shocked The Muppets back to felty life!

    -Steve

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  28. pasdelabas May 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Hi, Nice site by the way, I’ll keep looking back. I couldn’t bear the film. I took my children to see it and they were ok but it couldn’t get hold of them at all. What is perhaps most interesting about the film is what it says about the way things change. I quite enjoyed the muppets when I was small although Sesame Street was more memorable (I don’t know if there was/is a connection). As an adult now I found the film unbearable and couldn’t find a point of emotional link to anything I might have liked as a child. Nor did, unprompted, my children (ages 5, 7, 9). I just hated the central story I’m afraid, Walter the hero who discovers he is muppet and all is cuddly, eurgg! So cloying and manufactured without any sharp edges on which to cut an audience.

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