Released this week on DVD from director James Bobin and Walt Disney Pictures brings the gang all back and they are “The Muppets”.
This film tells the story of Walter (Peter Linz), and his brother Gary (Jason Segel) who grew up together also as best friends. Gary never thought any different about the way his brother Walter looked. They did everything together and were happy.
Until one day Walter sees the television show “The Muppets” and begins to see his dream, to one day visit the Muppets stage in Hollywood. Gary is in love with Mary (Amy Adams) and she has always wanted to go to Los Angeles. Gary gets the idea to fulfill both of their dreams.
Once there, Walter discovers that the Muppets theatre is in jeopardy as Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) is in the process of buying out the property. Walter takes it on himself to find Kermit and tell him what’s happening. The only way to raise the money to stop Richman is for Kermit to get the group back and perform.
But Mary is starting to feel left out since Gary is spending more time with Walter and leaving her to see the sites of Los Angeles on her own.
From Gonzo to Animal to Fozzie Bear and the Swedish Chef, Kermit has no problem getting them to say ‘yes’! But there is one muppet he must sweet talk – Miss Piggy!
Will Gary apologize to Mary? Will Walter become a muppet? Will Jack Black agree to host? Can the gang convince Miss Piggy to come back?
FINAL WORD: This is a sweet story and filled with jokes that the Muppet show was always known for. Segel as Gary is goofy and brotherly who bursts into song a lot. I think he sang more than the Muppets did!
Adams is her usual sweet, wide-eyed self as Mary. She also sings and dances her way across the screen the likes which we haven’t seen since “Enchanted”.
The cast of Muppets are endearing, sweet, funny and everything I remember them to be. Of course Animal is my favorite so it was interesting to see how long he could maintain himself before his true nature came out.
That being said it seemed that the film is geared more toward the adult audience who were totally thrilled with the film. The children were a tad confused and in this world of so many puppet characters, they didn’t seem to make the connection.
Other cast include: Rashida Jones as CDE Executive, Alan Arkin as the tour guide, Zach Galifianakis as Hobo Joe, Ken Jeong as the Punch Teacher, Sara Silverman as The Greeter, Emily Blunt as Miss Piggy’s receptionist, James Carville, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, David Grohl, Judd Hirsch, John Krasinski, Rico Rodriguez, Mickey Rooney, and Neil Patrick Harris.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “The Muppets” three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. The best part of the film is Kermit’s rendition of “Rainbow Connection” which is the most beautiful Muppet song ever. If the family knows the Muppets then this is the film that will be enjoyed totally.
Being released on the wocka wocka blu ray combo pack this is definitely a film you want for your family’s collection. The collection includes the bluray/DVD/Digital download copy, which features Disney’s high definition picture and sound. It also includes the longest blooper reel every made along with a full-length digital soundtrack! This is a bonus back filled with everything Muppets!
In the end – they’re closer than you think!