There is no better way to describe the Muppets – or “The Muppets,” the movie – than sweet, charming and very funny.
Jim Henson and Frank Oz, the clever, unabashed Muppets originators, are gone, and today’s technology gives the crew much more mobility. But the sound and spirit and all of those hilarious nuances of the original characters remain.
I started laughing early on in the movie, and I didn’t stop.
Part of the genius of the Muppets is their own self-deprecating style. It is as though – and they have always been this way –Kermit and the rest are part of the audience and they are along for the ride just as much as we are. It is as though cast, crew and the celebrities who drop in are all part of the joke.
It is a Mickey and Judy kind of story. The group has not been together for over 20 years, they are all a little worse for wear.
People have forgotten them. There is an evil antagonist that is going to tear down their old theatre to drill for oil underneath (in Hollywood) unless they come up with $10 million.
So, of course, what do they do … they get all the old players together and put on a show!
Don’t be misled. Narrative is not a Muppet strongpoint; organized chaos might be more descriptive. As good as the basic crowd is – Kermit, Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy could probably carry this story – there are other binding elements to the movie.
The original music and dance numbers are fun, and Gary (Jason Segel), Mary ( Amy Adams) and Gary’s little (Muppet) brother, Walter, play an appropriately sappy threesome who help bring the story together.
It is great news that the Muppets are back in great form in this smart, fun movie.
Jim Wigge is a Cazenovia resident and long-time film-aficionado. After retiring from his career as an engineer, he has shifted his focus to reviewing movies for the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached through the editor, at email@example.com.