"The Muppets" Are Hearted

Genres: Sequel, Comedy, Kids/Family and Musical/Performing Arts
Release Date: November 23rd, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor.
Distributors: Walt Disney Pictures

Director: James Bobin

JJ Rating: A+

Walter (Peter Linz) and Gary (Jason Segel) are brothers. The biggest difference between the two, Walter is a Muppet. The other issue, Gary takes him everywhere and this is a problem for Mary (Amy Adams) his girlfriend. They travel to the old Muppet studios and encounter an evil plot to destroy it just for oil. Walter has to tell Kermit and when Kermit finds out, he has to get the Muppets back together again. The Muppets.

16 Good Things About This Film
  1. It's the Muppets. It's really, really, really hard to go wrong with that.
  2. Lots of singing.
  3. The charm of Amy Adams and Jason Segel mesh well with The Muppets' own charm. Amy Adams is awesome. She makes movies better just because she's in it. She's like syrup on well made waffles. Sweet goodness.
  4. Hearing and seeing the theme from “The Muppet Show” brought me back to when I was younger. It's a feeling of warmth (not the same as peeing on oneself) that not many things can bestow. It's a wholesome feeling. Very rare to feel that for any film that's out right now.
  5. When I left the theater, I felt happy. Not many movies this year have gave me that feeling. Yes, the Marvel movies did that. Especially Thor, seeing how I was at the LA Premier.
  6. Great comedy from sight gags to fantastic one-liners. Especially one from Fozzie. I wish I could remember it.
  7. So many different personalities within the Muppets, it was nice to see almost all of them in their own greatness.
  8. When “The Muppet Show” part of the film came there was so much greatness. I miss them on TV. I saw an episode with Sandra Bullock doing “Mah Na Mah Na” bit with Kermit. I wish they'd come back to TV. I wonder how difficult that show was to do.
  9. Walter was a great addition to the Muppets. His scene with Jason Segel singing about being a Muppet or a Man was one of my favorites. I love NOT knowing who the cameos were, cause when they popped up...it was that much more awesome.
  10. The cameos were great. What star doesn't love the Muppets? It's like they got everyone they could. Jack Black did a fantastic job. His lines were drenched in sarcasm as need be.
  11. Animal is the Muppet that I wanted to take home after this movie. I'd take any of them home, they're all worthy, but Animal had a great line that he repeated over and over again...with his eyelids lowering, shoulders dropping and in a grumble.
  12. I want to see it again.
  13. I love the throwbacks to previous Muppet movies and the use of their key songs like “Rainbow Connection.”
  14. The Muppets sing two famous songs in a unique way. If you get the soundtrack you can hear them, but nothing beats seeing them preformed.
  15. It is one of the best, if not THE best, trailer campaign for 2011. The first time I saw The Muppets' trailer it was the one that presented a generic Amy Adams and Jason Segel romantic comedy, until it mentioned the stars. Kermit the Froooog? Miss Piggy? Loved it.
  16. Did I mention I need to see it again? Well, I do.

2 Bad Things About This Film
  1. I wanted to see more Muppets. MORE!
  2. It saying “Disney Muppets” instead of Jim Henson's. I understand they bought them, but I don't know why it can't say Jim Henson's Muppets and then mention Disney elsewhere.

Award Nods?
I think so. I read on IMDB that someone suggested it be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical. I think it's highly likely. I also will be disappointed if it's overlooked. Then another person mentioned 50/50 and my heart tore in two, cause I don't know how I'd pick between them if I were able to.

Seeing how it made almost all its money back by the end of the weekend, I say we haven't seen the last of the Muppets. Disney knew what they were doing and they did it right. Now they just have to go two for two...real soon. I need another hit of Muppet. 

Enjoy their bit on SNL: 


Anonymous said...

it looks just adorable! i haven't been to the movies in a long time as have no interest in seeing modern blockbusters, but am totally considering going just for this one.

J_Jammer said...

If you like the Muppets, it'll surely make for a great movie experience. It is worthy your time and money. One of the few that are out right now that I can say that about.

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