Movie review – The Muppets to their own rescue

2012-01-28 12:24

Film: The Muppets (Ster-Kinekor)
Director: James Bobin
Featuring: Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Alan Arkin and Chris Cooper
Rating: 7/10

This 2011 reinvention of Jim Henson’s wonderful, imaginative world of the Muppets is a triumph. Not only does it have a thread of nostalgia running through it which fans of the original TV shows will recognise, but it cleverly speaks to a new audience. The central plot is that the Muppets have lost their fan base.

Henson developed his first Muppets in the mid-1950s and Walt Disney bought the rights in the 2000s – with the exception of the Sesame Street puppets.

Fans will see the effects of Disney’s fairy dust on creatures that needed a new lease on life. It is likely that a new generation of children will be asking for Kermit for Christmas.

Jason Segel is Gary, a sweet young man who lives with his brother, a Muppet called Walter. The two do everything together in Smalltown, much to the chagrin of Mary (Amy Adams), Gary’s long-suffering girlfriend. When Gary agrees to take Mary on a romantic trip to Los Angeles, she’s delighted – that is until Walter is invited along.

When Gary, Mary and Walter find the Muppet studios in Los Angeles, they overhear a dastardly plot by an evil oil baron (Chris Cooper) to demolish the studio. They begin a rescue mission that requires them to get the original Muppets back together.

Funny, sweet and full of song, it’s impossible – no matter how jaded and cynical you are – not to bop along with Kermit, Miss Piggy and friends as they reunite for one big night that promises to save their kind
from obscurity.

Adams and Segel are pitch perfect as the clean-cut young sweethearts.

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