Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"The Muppets" review: a really fun, nostalgic through-back!

How can anyone not love The Muppets!...and this movie will definitely take you down memory lane to a time when "The Muppet Show" was in it's heyday.

Jason Segel and Amy Adams are both really funny, especially Segel since seeing him in other more adult comedic fare. But they really do take a back seat to Kermit and friends once the story gets rolling. True, the voices of Kermit and Miss Piggy are no longer done by Jim Henson's son Brian and Frank Oz (the latter I was particularly disappointed to learn). However, the current crop of voice talent do a mostly excellent job of emulating these iconic characters.

Several songs were written by Bret McKenzie, one half of Flight of the Conchords, including 'Now Life is a Happy Song' and there's buzz going around town right now that he and the tune will be nominated for an Oscar. 'Happy Song' is definitely one of the musical dance number highlights.

So many familiar characters dot the screen as well as a few new ones like Segel's brother in the film who also just happens to be a Muppet himself. I'd really have to say that younger moviegoers may not fully enjoy this movie as much as those in it for the nostalgia. Even some of the montage songs are straight out of the 80's. And hey, with a movie that has Chris Cooper doing a rap song you know anything can happen! What else can I say? If you loved the classic "The Muppet Show" go see this movie!


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