Reviewed Feb 08, 2012
Louise von Randow’s review:
"Everything is great everything is grand
I got the whole wide world in the palm of my hand
Everything is perfect it's falling into place
I can't seem to wipe this smile off my face
Life's a happy song when theres someone by my side to sing along"
Ahh, The Muppets. I remember my family gathering around the TV for us to enjoy The Muppet Show back in the late 70s/early 80s and the best thing about the relaunch is that I can now share something special from my childhood with my own children. I am sure there's a number of 30somethings who are experiencing the same thing.
The affection I felt has not been diminished over time and it was with some relief that this movie had the very familiar level of humor and was respectful to the (can you say?) genre.
The writers nail comedic situations that appeal to adults and children but without that nasty undertow of sexiness that was so apparent in things like Happy Feet and Shrek. Good clean fun that suited both me and my four year old.
The music is a really catchy and may seem familiar to Flight of the Conchord fans but I feel that that works too - after all, we're not seeing anything particularly new in the whole film. We've bought the soundtrack from iTunes and our girl now knows words to most of the songs. It's on _high_ rotation.
Jason Segel is delightful (I've always enjoyed his performances: Freaks and Geeks, HIMYM etc) but Amy Adams leaves me a little cold. She's perfectly fine, and physically suits the 50s inspired look but... meh.
Yes, The Muppets is cheesy but the best kind of cheese - maybe like a good aged cheddar. Delicious, familiar and rather more-ish.