Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Muppets - A Nice Surprise

Rated PG (for mild, crude humor)
103 Minutes
Starring Jason Segal, Amy Adams, and Chris Cooper

Who doesn’t love the Muppets? Well, I didn’t. Sure, I watched Sesame Street as a kid, but my opinion of the Muppets growing up…ehh. I could take them or leave them. I decided to take my 5-year-old to see the movie after she watched The Muppets Take Manhattan two times in a row, and after two other school-age children gave it a thumbs up. These children warned my daughter that the villains were kind of scary, but that was no problem for us.

The beauty about homeschooling is that you can take your kids to see movies in the middle of the day, so we were the only two in the huge theater plus three adults.
When the movie started I was riding a high after the new Toy Story short, Small Fry (awesome!) and the Men in Black 3 trailer (love, love, love Will Smith), and sustained my coveted high throughout the show. It was a very enjoyable movie.

At first I thought it was kind of weird that these Muppets (puppets) were depicted as part of the human world. Gary (Jason Segel) has a lifelong pal, Walter, the newest Muppet, who accompanies Gary and Mary (Amy Adams) on their anniversary trip to California. Walter, is a Muppet freak/fan, but when they arrive at the Muppet Studios for a tour, it is dilapidated, and practically abandoned as the guide (Alan Arkin) gives them the $1.50 tour.

Walter sneaks in for a peek at Kermit’s office, and hides when the villain, Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) and his cronies come in to discuss their evil plan to tear down the studios to drill for oil if $10 million dollars isn’t raised in two days. Insert maniacal laugh here.
Walter, Gary and Mary go to Kermit and convince him to round up the rest of the gang to do a telethon to raise the money.

There are a few dance numbers, which my daughter and I always love. My favorite was when Tex breaks out into quick rap when the gang goes to his office, and tries to convince him to stop his evil plan.

The villain Muppets that we were warned about were just a tad sinister-looking with their dark eyebrows and snaggle teeth, but hey, I always thought Bert was a little sinister-looking with his dark eyebrows. If you have young toddlers, keep that in mind if they scare easy and could be affected by these “bad guys.”

I wasn’t too happy after the third time Kermit declared they should just give up, and walked off dejected, but it was just another way to add some suspense, I suppose.

The Muppets is rated PG due to some "mild, crude humor," but I didn't find anything offensive nor was I concerned for my daughter's sake.

From Miss Piggy’s diva drama to a kidnapped Jack Black (who was kidnapped to be the guest host of the telethon), The Muppet Movie is pure entertainment. We give it a BIG THUMBS UP!

Reviewed by Beth Balberchak

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