Release Date: November 23, 2011
Director: James Bobin (The Flight of the Conchords, Da Ali G Show)
Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, the voices of Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, and David Rudman (along with a bunch of cameos!)
Plot: On Vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brothers Gary (Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds.
To stage The Greatest Muppett Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million dollars needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary, and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their seperate ways.
Thoughts: I saw The Muppets earlier today and I’ll start off by saying that I was disappointed in it. I’m not a diehard Muppet fan, but I am a fan. This movie was such a love song to the past that I actually felt alienated because I wasn’t a diehard fan. It was like one long inside joke that I wasn’t a part of. And unlike Pixar’s movies or flicks like Shrek that are made for kids but can be enjoyed by adults, The Muppets is aimed directly at kids and was almost work to sit through. Don’t get me wrong, I did not hate The Muppets. The parts of the movie that actually focused on them was enjoyable and there were a lot of laughs and smiles to be had. The big problem was that the film took too long to get us to the actual Muppets that we came to see, and even still there was too much focus on the human characters and the newest muppet Walter. I usually love both Jason Segel and Amy Adams, but their characters and story just did not work here. They were more distracting than anything else.
If you have kids, I recommend you taking them to see this. The same goes for if you are a huge fan of The Muppet Show. If you are a passing fan like me, wait and watch this on Blu-Ray or Cable.