Rated PG for some mild rude humor.
Nov. 23, 2011
Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Jack Black, Rashida Jones
Voices of Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goetz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Peter Linz
Walt Disney Pictures
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CHRISTIAN MOVIE REVIEW
By Hannah Goodwyn
CBN.com Senior Producer
- Walt Disney Pictures' attempt to revitalize the Muppets, showing their relevance to a new generation, mirrors the very challenge presented in their new movie.
Starring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great and friends, the Muppet movie is every bit as funny and sweet as past franchise favorites. On screen the gang is joined by Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Jack Black, Rashida Jones and countless other stars in small cameo roles.
A touching storyline and memorable covers, as well as, original songs make The Muppets an enjoyable, hilarious at times, movie appropriate for all ages.
THE MOVIE IN A MINUTE
With Muppet Studios in disrepair and in jeopardy of being torn down, fans Walter (Voiced by Peter Linz), Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) go on a search to find Kermit the Frog. Convinced the studio can be saved, Kermit decides it’s time to reunite the old gang. The problem is they haven’t seen each other in years. Will they be able to save the studio before ruthless businessman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) takes over?
THE GOOD AND BAD IN THE MUPPETS
Fortunately, The Muppets doesn’t rely on one-liner jokes and cutesy songs to carry the movie. The story is touching, and the relational drama is surprisingly engaging—a feat the Muppets have pulled off time and time again. The movie's humorous moments will have kids and adults laughing loudly. The vocal and on-screen cast are all great, but muppet Walter and his big brother, Gary, played by actor/co-screenwriter Jason Segel, stole the show.
Older moviegoers will fondly recall the Muppets of their childhood as they take the stage again, and children will find these weird, singing puppets entertaining. It's a great alternative to some of the silliness passed off as kid-friendly entertainment these days. Themes of friendship, loyalty and courage speak to important lesson children should learn.
As with most Muppet movies, the music is a big part of the draw. Who can forget the memorable Muppet tunes “The Rainbow Connection” and “Movin’ Right Along”? Thankfully, this new Muppet movie doesn’t disappoint in the music department. In fact, these new songs are one of the film's biggest pluses. The gang, of course, reprises old favorites, “The Muppet Theme Song”, “Mahna Mahna”, and more. But it also features original, soon-to-be Muppet favorites. Star Jason Segel co-wrote one of the best new songs, an emotional ballad called “Man or Muppet”. Not to be outdone, co-star Amy Adams matches her vocal talent to the song stylings of the famed Miss Piggy in the disco-inspired “Me Party”. “Life’s a Happy Song”, a central tune to the movie, is written by Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie, and surprisingly enough Nirvana and Cee Lo Green covers make appearances. The only sour note is Rex Richman’s rap. It honors the fun, corny element you find in Muppet movies, but just doesn’t shine as bright as the rest of the soundtrack.
Rated PG, this new Muppet extravaganza is very clean. Parents should know the film contains two subtle innuendos involving Jack Black, Las Vegas showgirls singing background for Richman’s rap and mild rude comedy.
IN THE END
This new Muppet movie spectacular is a great option for families this holiday season. It’s funny. It’s heartwarming. It’s all a Muppet movie should be–from beginning to end. You will be smiling from ear to ear by credits time.
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Hannah Goodwyn serves as the Entertainment producer for CBN.com. For more articles and information, visit Hannah's bio page.
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