The Muppet Movie Review

We went to the pre-screening of the #Disney Muppet Movie this past week here in Connecticut. This is the first time we have done a screening for Disney. The Muppet movie has been talked about for months as it’s Thanksgiving opening has been highly anticipated by young and old.

I am a fan of the Muppets and have watched them when I was young and when my kids were growing up.  My favorite? Beeker – he’s hilarious!

The reason it is rated PG is because there definitely some adult references in this movie. The Muppets has always been a kid’s show that was made for adults. I guess Disney figures that if parents are going to the movies or going to watch TV with their kids they might as well be entertained as well.

I will do my conclusion now. The Muppet movie is definitely a must-see movie this holiday season. It has something for everyone, child or adult and every type of person whether you are male, female, serious, or out there. With so many things going on you will find something that will entertain you. I can’t wait to see it a second time.

What I liked:

I liked the story lines, and I found 4 of them running through the movie. I was surprised at how many there were and that there wasn’t just one. One took until the end of the movie to even understand then it made perfect sense.

I liked how the movie started with Gary (Jason Segel) as Walter’s brother. Walter never quite grows up like his brother and one day he sees the Muppets and has an epiphany (fancy word for lightbulb moment) – could this be his real family? Jason is his tried and true brother and friend and decides to take Walter to LA with Mary (Amy Adams) whom he has been dating for 10 years. They are going for a romantic vacation and of course, to meet the Muppets.

muppet movie soundtrack Amy Adams is perfect for this role as Mary and Jason Segel, while I love him as an actor and he did a great job in this movie, wasn’t my first choice as Gary. He’s not as “cute” as Amy Adams and I figured they would find her twin in male form but I didn’t think it was Jason Segel (sorry Jason). In the end he does start to grow on you though as the plots come together and as I said, he did a great job.

All through this Muppet movie they gave bits and pieces of previous movie references and adults would pick up on these. I loved the 80s robot when he served them Tab and then tried to use his mo-dem to find the Muppets. Remember modems with their hissssssing sound. A Laugh out loud moment for sure.

My favorite musical number was “Am I a Man Or Muppet – sung brilliantly by Jason Segel and Walter the Muppet (okay so Jason grew on me and that blue suit he was wearing) – it is going to be a classic. Watch for it near the end of the movie if you go see it.

You can listen to the whole Muppet Movie Soundtrack Here

As nice surprise at the end were the celebrities they brought out like Whoopie Goldberg, and Jack Black (even though he can be annoying sometimes) and Selena Gomez. Jack Black actually adds a lot to this movie.

What I didn’t like:

The movie is very long. It is fun at the beginning and exciting at the end but the middle drags on and on. If they cut out the middle it would be perfect. The middle was the time they spent finding each Muppet character and while it was necessary to make the movie make sense, it was just too long and drawn out. I wasn’t a fan of Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) and his maniacal laugh (a bit corny for adults but kids will like it) but I did like his rap number at the end – quite amusing and takes you by surprise (Shhh, don’t tell anyone). I think it was more Chris Cooper I didn’t like in the role than anything else. Casting is so important.

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About The Muppet Movie

Running Time:  1 hour, 38 minutes (+ “Small Fry” attached short from Pixar Animation Studios)

Rating:  PG

Opening Date:   Wednesday, November 23

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.

Source: Disney

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