The Muppets (U) ★★★★ Director: James Bobin Starring: Miss Piggy, Amy Adams, Kermit the Frog, Jason Segal

Return of the gang

By Staff Reporter

What’s the story? Once the cream of light entertainment, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo the Great, Fozzie Bear and the rest of the Muppet gang have all gone their separate ways.

Nowadays, Hollywood is more interested in churning out pointless reality TV shows than in entertaining the world with the Muppets’ unique brand of entertainment.

But in Smalltown America, young Muppet wannabe Walter (Peter Linz) has never forgotten Kermit and the gang and it’s safe to say that Walter is the Muppets’ biggest fan.

When Walter’s brother Gary (Jason Segel) sets off on  a road trip to Hollywood with his beautiful girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams), Walter jumps at the chance to go to Tinseltown to visit the theatre where The Muppet Show was famously filmed.

However, Walter’s joy soon turns to despair when he finds that the theatre has become a neglected, rundown mess and is scheduled for demolition by scheming oil tycoon Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) who wants to drill the land for black gold.

If Walter is to save the famous theatre, he must raise $10 million and, with not a moment to spare, Walter, Gary and Mary set out on a mission to reunite Kermit and the gang in order to put on a benefit concert that will hopefully raise enough cash to save the much-loved theatre from destruction.

Any good?

What is there not to like about a new, exciting and rib-tickling Muppets movie? You’d need to have a heart of stone and the sense of humor of a baked potato not to enjoy the shenanigans of Kermit the Frog and his fuzzy, flipped-out friends.

Yep, The Muppets are back and, they’re at their anarchic and ever-so bonkers best in this fun and feisty family flick.

Whilst recent Muppet movies like Muppets from Space and The Muppets Take Manhattan didn’t really live up to the high expectations set by the fabulous A Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island, this latest adventure thankfully provides the gang with a much-needed shot in the arm.

More of a revamp than a remake, The Muppets goes back to basics by providing full, joyous belly laughs and a warming dose of heartfelt affection just for good measure.

Old as well as young film fans will enjoy every single second of this superbly irreverend and very, very funny adventure that sees the excellent Jason Segel and the wonderful Amy Adams each hold their own alongside a cast of ever-so loveable but altogether insane Muppets.

James Bobin, who directed the hit TV series Flight of the Conchords, does a masterful job in bringing the Muppets back to full-bodied life and, along with show-stopping tunes written by Conchords star Bret McKenzie, there’s enough gleefully silly musical set-pieces here to make you want to burst into song yourself.

 

 

Final word?

The Muppets is absolutely unmissable for Muppets fans, young and old.

Miss it at your peril!

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