Too often does Hollywood revive series from the dead, ruining my childhood memories with terrible CGI and even worse renditions of nauseating Pop tunes from the last decade. In The Muppets, this is not the case.
Thanks to Jason Segal, Nicholas Stoller, James Bobin and Disney, the Muppets are back for their first outing since 1999′s Muppets from Space.
Despite the film’s lack of Rizzo (bastards!), Segal and company really nailed this one. There are zero jokes about recent pop culture mania. No CGI, no terrible pop songs, nor hidden adult humor. The Muppets is everything you’d want from a Muppet spectacle: extravagant celebrity cameos and a whole lot of FELT.
Gary (Segal) and his brother Walter (a new Muppet!) set out for California to see the sights and visit the old Muppet Theater. After finding it in disarray, Walter overhears oil man Tex Richman’s plans to buy the theater and tear it down. Little does everyone know, the theater sits on a potentially lucrative oil field, and Richman wants to drill. Walter, Gary and Gary’s gal pal Mary (Amy Adams) set out to reunite the Muppets and raise the $10 million needed to buy back the theater.
The Muppets remains completely true to the series and Jim Henson legacy. This blogger was worried that the film would’ve tried to modernize the characters a great deal, but gladly, Segal and his team withheld from such temptations. As Walter, Mary, Gary and Kermit rush around the country to collect the rest of the gang, the characters break the fourth wall often, with nods to needing a montage or worrying about the film’s length…which I suppose one could claim as a “modern” form of joking and storytelling. Thankfully, it worked and added some depth and color to the movie and characters.
There’s really nothing negative to be said here…except for the lack of Rizzo one-liners of course! With this latest installment, the Muppets feel completely rejuvenated, both as a franchise and also as a form of entertainment that many will warmly remember from our childhoods. Hopefully, The Muppets will resonate with a new generation of kids and, fingers crossed, this will simply be the beginning of a new crop of “sensational, inspirational, celebrational, and muppetational” Muppets movies.