‘The Muppets’ Movie Review

Brian Dulle / Washburn Review

It has been twelve years since the Muppets were seen on the big screen and after “Muppets from Space” was shot down my critics and audiences in 1999 some wondered if they would ever be seen on the big screen again.

Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller wrote the script for the 2011 Disney movie “The Muppets,” directed by James Bobin.  Segel as well stars in the film along with Amy Adams and a few other famous celebrities throughout the film including Jack Black.

The plot begins with two brothers, Gary, played by Segel and his brother Walter, performed by Peter Linz.  The two brothers are the best of friends but Walter can’t figure out why his brother Gary keeps getting taller and older but he stays the same.  Walter then is introduced to ‘The Muppet Show’ and becomes the biggest Muppet fan in the world.  Gary decides to take his girlfriend Mary, played by Amy Adams to Hollywood and bring along Walter so he can see The Muppet Studio.

When the three arrive they find that the studio has not been used in years and that the gang has not been together in years.  Walter comes across a rich business man named Tex Richman, played by Chris Cooper who wants to destroy the Muppet studio for the oil that is underneath it.  The three friends go and find Kermit the Frog and convince him to get the gang back together to host one last Muppet show to raise the $10 million needed to save the studio.

As a kid who grew up watching the Muppets I can say that this movie is fantastic.  It will bring you back to your childhood, as well as entertain you as an adult and entertain your kids.

I was worried that the love story between Segel and Adams’ characters would be too much but they fit it in perfectly.

It’s great to see Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie and the rest of the gang on the big screen again.  My favorite parts of the movie was seeing the opening of ‘The Muppet Show’ again and my absolute favorite part of the film was when the gang gets up on stage to sing the famous song from the 1979 “The Muppet Movie, “Rainbow Connection.”

If you are free over this Thanksgiving break, I strongly recommend seeing this movie with your kids and family over “Breaking Dawn” and “Happy Feet 2.”

I’m giving it 4.5 out of 5 Top Hats.