The Muppets make their long awaited return to the big screen. Starring and co-written by Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and featuring Oscar-winning music by Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie. When a nefarious oil tycoon (Chris Cooper) plans to raze Muppet Theater to drill for oil, uber-fan Gary (Segal) sets out with his girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) to reunite the disbanded Muppet troupe in order to save it. Features numerous celebrity cameos including Mila Kunis, Zach Galifianakis, Emily Blunt, Jack Black and Ricky Gervais.
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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
It has long been time to play the music and light the lights. Now the Muppets make a welcome return to form in this affectionate and colourful big screen adventure, a nice throwback to the good old days of the Muppets, largely free from pop-culture references and containing all the favourite characters (and even the obscure ones).... More
Who better suited to helm this reunion that James Bobin, director of TV’s Flight of the Conchords? The childlike and playful tone of that show is further enhanced by Bret McKenzie, who penned most of the songs here. And whilst they don’t hold a candle to classics like The Muppet Show Theme or Rainbow Connection (which is given a particularly stirring arrangement late in the piece), they have the same irreverent lyrical content that made Conchords such a hit.
Jason Segel (also co-writer) and Amy Adams are perfect as the human leads, both genuine and likeable. Star cameos are a little gratuitous and not wholly effective, while Chris Cooper is hilariously cast as the villainous villain of villainy, Tex Richman.
Why then did I feel a little disconnected to this film? Despite the intent to appeal to audiences of all ages, I feel that it skews younger. Not because of juvenile humour but mainly because there’s nothing very interesting about the ground covered in the film. There are no surprises. Perhaps there’s something to be said for simplicity, however, and The Muppets is to be commended for being happy and fun.Hide
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