Review: 'The Muppets Movie' An Acquired Taste, But May Prove They Still Have It!
When I heard a while back Disney had acquired rights to Jim Henson’s Muppets, it didn’t really surprise me. These cats are pretty much trying to monopolize everything and anything (ask MARVEL if you don’t believe me.) It was only a matter of time before they put these puppets to work. At first I didn’t think much about it because I was never really a hardcore fan of these particular characters. But I was intrigued because I had seen them on TV as a kid. But I will go on record and say I was anxious about this film.
"The Muppets" follows Walter (Peter Linz), the world's biggest Muppet fan. His friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the evil plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to destroy the Muppet Theater and drill, baby, drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds.
To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways. Fozzie performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets. Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris. Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.
The film itself wasn’t the greatest ever, but I have to say it was nice to see how Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller patched up a screenplay, which tried to keep an old element of entertainment relevant. However, I really didn’t buy into Segel as a clean cut guy… and a singing one, too! He was overshadowed by the amazingly, beautiful, talented and vibrant Amy Adams. This woman carried a glittery aura within the entire film, and buried EVERYONE when it came to musical scenes.
Chris Cooper as an evil oil tycoon was believable to the core. It was great watching this wrinkly, prune-faced man own this role. But like Segel, I think Cooper suffered when it came to his musical scene. Sure, it’s meant to be fun and unrealistic, but come on! This is one of my favorite actors to date and lowering his talents to a level that really isn’t his. Sorry, it didn’t work. However, like Segel, I let it go.
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