DVD of the week: The Muppets

8:48pm Monday 11th June 2012

By Mark Foker

Back in December I wrote a short piece on the Muppetmania I experienced during a trailer screening and live US satellite link with Kermit & co; when I visited the Empire Big Screen event at the 02.

The film went on to be a huge hit when it was released in cinemas in February this year. Now you can enjoy The Muppets in the comfort of your own home.

The Story: An evil millionaire called Tex Richman discovers that there is oil under the old Muppet Theatre. Unfortunately Kermit had already signed over the rights to him in the belief that Tex will turn the theatre and Muppet studios into a museum. Three Muppet fans find out about Tex’s plan to drill for oil and unless The Muppets come can up with $10 million soon the theatre will be destroyed. The fans set out to find Kermit and get the whole gang back together again to put on one last show to raise the money.

The Verdict: This is a great return to the ever popular Muppet Movies. This film has something for everyone, big musical numbers (Which the cast are very self aware of and so is very tongue-in-cheek), funny script, some laugh out loud moments, familiar favourite characters and great cameo performances. Even though the parents will remember the Muppets from the iconic TV shows, there’s still plenty here for kids to enjoy and warm to for the first time. American comic actor Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I love You Man) plays Gary one of the Muppet fans and also co wrote the script. But it’s his younger brother Walter who is a major geeky Muppet fan having been introduced to them through Gary’s old Muppet videos and he is the one with the passion to bring the Muppets back together. The only weird thing is that nobody in this film seems bothered that Walter is also a three foot Muppet! Amy Adams is great as Gary’s long suffering girlfriend who is also not averse to bursting into song as she did in the brilliant Enchanted.

This film is guaranteed to put you in a feel good mood.

4 out of 5 (But then I’m a big fan!) Trivia: The film won an Oscar for Best Original Song ‘Man or Muppet’ written by Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords} Unfortunately Frank Oz. Is missing from the credits of this new Muppet movie. Apparently he was dissatisfied with the original script and how it portrayed the characters and declined to reprise his role of Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear.

DVD Extras: Just the one - 'The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made’ A bit disappointing actually, particularly in this day and age of the ability to create great behind the scenes footage etc.


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