This week’s biggest surprise for me has to be The Muppets. I expected a tragic failure but instead I was absolutely hooked from start to finish.
The last time The Muppets were on the big screen it was 1999 and the somewhat lacklustre, uninspiring Muppets From Space. But things have changed since Disney bought the franchise in 2004. Bringing their trademark ability to write classic stories with jokes for children and adults alike, Disney have breathed new life into those little critters.
As the movie begins, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo etc, have all gone their separate ways. Some of them are living in LA luxury and some are roughing it out virtually homeless as Z list celebs. Meanwhile, Gary (Jason Segel), his girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) and his brother, Walter (who looks suspiciously like a Muppet) take a trip to LA to see the old Muppet studios. Here they learn that an evil oil tycoon wants to tear down the studios to drill for more oil. The Muppets must reunite for one more show to save their studios…
What makes The Muppets so special is that it knows how silly it is and makes the most of it with a self-depricating humour that you can’t help but love them for. The musical numbers are like Glee, but with bells on and with more laughs. The highlights being ‘Party of One’ and a particularly brilliant song based on a Muppet pun that I won’t spoil for you now – you’ll know it when you hear it!
As the main ‘human’ characters, Amy Adams and Jason Segel are hilarious. Their impossibly innocent characters are endearing and strangely refreshing. There’s also a whole host of celebs who join the cast for amusing cameos that are well worth seeing.
So, there’s something in The Muppets for everyone. Yes, you’ll start to annoy yourself by repeatedly humming The Muppet Show but it’s totally worth it. And the romantics among you won’t be able to stop wondering what really did happen to Kermit and Miss Piggy in those intervening years.
VERDICT: ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪
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