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The Muppets

The Muppets

Released 10 February 2012
Director James Bobin

Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Raschida Jones
Writer(s) Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller

David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman
Origin United States
Running Time 110 minutes
Genre Comedy, drama, family
Rating G

They're back!

Like a hebephrenic Disney movie escaped from an asylum for the moderately quirky The Muppet's new adventure is an ostentatiously off-kilter offering that both kids and parents will enjoy.

Gary (How I Met Your Mother's Jason Segel) and Walter offer a pairing not seen this side of cinema since Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito graced our screens together in 1988. However, both sweet from the start they're a brotherly pair that gives us one gentle giant and one man-muppet and who despite their obvious difference share a lot of love. In another wide eyed turn Amy Adams plays Gary's longtime schoolteacher sweetheart who on their tenth anniversary decide to take a celebratory trip toward Los Angeles. Walter tagging along has another agenda, to fulfil his lifelong dream of visiting the Muppet's Studio! But now the once grand institution of insane antics stands decrepit and empty with a slick businessman (Chris Cooper) buying it to drill for that most quested for modern day treasure; oil.

The better part of the movie's start is spent through musical number and montage that as well as tickling their funny bones will warm the cockles of any fans of the original show or movie series heart. It's clear that writer/star Jason Segel worked hard to authentically replicate the delicate mixture of Muppet madness, campy nonsense, quirky characters, self reflexive fun, and very good jokes ensuring that the new Muppets adventure is far more than an exercise in nostalgia.

Walter, Gary and Amy band the many Muppets together for one last show to earn enough money to buy back their studio. Saving Fozzy from a seedy bar and Gonzo from a lucrative life as a toilet entrepreneur. There are cameos aplenty along the way with each and every Muppet getting face time. There's also a list of comedy icons who show up; Donald Glover, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Kristen Schaal, Emily Blunt, Whoopi Goldberg and many more.

There's something infectious about the delight this movie brings and my guess is that more than a few attendees will be humming 'Phenomena/Mahna Mahna' on the way out of theatres.

A new Muppet’s movie is an event! And one you definitely shouldn't miss!

- Cormac O’Brien