It was strange to me ho some people immediately dismissed this new Muppet movie for one of two reasons. Either they thought it was a bland, family-friendly kid’s movie, or they thought that it would be brought down by the ever-present Disney label on it.
I am glad to say that I don’t think that the movie was hurt for any of these reasons. For some reason, people think that just because a movie is intended for a family audience, that the overall level of writing takes an arbitrary knock. I find that although this can be true, (which is currently in the majority) it certainly isn’t true all the time for all movies.
The classic Muppets versus the World storyline. This new take pits the Muppets against their own age. Since their heyday, they have fallen out of the public light, and their fabled studio is due for a wrecking. It will take many a wacky montage and well-timed joke to save their legacy.
The Muppet operators and voice actors easily hold up their end in on-screen performances. Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and Chris Cooper make up the rest of the principle cast, all fulfilling their roles. The cameos are fun as always, with a surprise appearance around every corner.
Wildly varying sets help to make this a great adventure film. The photography helps this area a lot. The shots are still as clever as always when it comes to framing the Muppet characters themselves.
Great puppetry as always from the crew of the Muppet studio. The soundtrack is great fun too, with lots of fun songs.
A really fun movie to watch. A decent amount of re-watchability too.
A good watch with a group of friends. Also, of course, good for kids and their parents for a fun afternoon.