Film Review: The Muppets
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4/512 years since its last cinematic outing, co-writers Jason Segal and Nicholas Stoller take us on a trip of humour and nostalgia as the Muppets return to the big screen. Gary (Jason Segal) lives in Smalltown, USA, with his brother Walter (Peter Linz). When Gary and girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) go to Los Angeles to celebrate their 10th anniversary, Gary is determined not to leave his brother out, inviting the Muppet fanatic Walter along for the ride. On a tour of the Muppet studios Walter stumbles upon Tex Richman (Chris Cooper), an oil baron who has purchased the studios and plans on demolishing them in his search for oil. The only way to stop Richman is for the Muppets to raise $10million to buy back the site. And so it begins, lifelong Muppet fans Gary and Walter, along with Mary, go on a pursuit to bring the Muppets back together in an attempt to save the studios. The Muppets is most certainly a feel-good film and something the whole family can enjoy. It provides a great contrast between classic Muppet humour ans aspects of modern culture, without the use of garish mainstream comedy or seedy puns. An astounding soundtrack from Flight of The Conchords’ Bret McKenzie, will not only to bring a gigantic grin upon your face, but will leave you singing out loud well after you have left the cinema.
Amongst a great soundtrack there are plenty of fun cameos to keep you on your toes, from Dave Grohl and Zak Galifianakis to a hilarious scene, involving a singing Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper). In a world where cynicism and innuendos are prevalent, The Muppets succeeds in creating a fantastic and charming comedy without the sleazy or gaudy script that has become so mainstream.