Tuesday, 6 March 2012

 The Muppets - Movie Review

Video from Muppet Studios

           Mahna mahna. A song where pure silliness has turned in to high culture, now everyone sings it with passion, not just the children. A film which combines heart warming songs, excellent dance, romance and a large dose of absurdity. You'll have to forgive its weak plot, but the Muppets certainly make up for it in raw fun.
           The film begins with a new character. Meet Walter, the latest muppet on the block. He lives in Smalltown, a village in America. Somehow he's part of a human family. A montage of Walter and his brother Gary's heights being measured against a wall appears. As Gary grows up, Walter's height stays the same. He realises that he's different. That's when Walter's life changes, he finds the Muppets. And that's what the film is about, introducing the Muppets to a new generation. I certainly didn't know of them. It's also why this isn't just a kid's film, it's for those nostalgia junkies (a bit like my mum) who grew up on Sesame Street and the Saturday Muppet Show every week. Summed up by Bobo the Bear very nicely, 'I love geriatric humour.'
           There was a certain colour to it, a 'glossyness'. That vibrance was directed and created by James Bobin and written by the star of the show Jason Segel. It's cast was star studded too, a perfect example why you shouldn't write the Muppets off as, 'dead'. Jason Segel played Walter's brother, Gary. Segel executed breathtaking dance sequences matching the quality and scale of those in High School Musical. Amy Adams played Gary's wife, Mary. Adams will be remembered for her songs which were funny and feel-good. Also appearing were Jack Black, playing a kidnapped Jack Black. And there were cameo performances from Micky Rooney, Emily Blunt, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Neil Patrick Harris and Kristen Schaal. But all the credit must go to the songs. 'Man or Muppet' recently won 'Best Original Song' at the Oscars. And rightly so since it was witty and absolutely unmissable.  

Man or Muppet: Oscar Winning: From Muppet Studios

          Once again, the Muppets have found their way in to our hearts and they will stay there as long as they continue to entertain. You'll find Bobo the Bear hilarious, Statler and Waldorf will make you chuckle and the entire affair will charm you to death. Death by schmaltz.                      




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