The Muppets (2011) – James Bobin

The Muppets gets the job done. It’s cute enough and had me laughing fairly regularly and in many parts with some intensity. A billionaire named Tex Richman (Chris Cooper), a man so rich he has others do his maniacal laugh for him, wants to drill for oil underneath the theater where the The Muppet Show was put on. Walter, a Muppet himself, is at the studio with his brother Gary (Jason Segal) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) when he overhears the plot and springs into action, getting the now dispersed and forgotten Muppets together again for one last show to raise the money to save the theater. All the Muppet trademarks are there; the self-aware humor (to get places quickly they “travel by map” as the movie fades into a red line quickly traversing the globe), the celebrity cameos (The Muppets have moved from Carol Channing and Dom DeLuise to Jack Black and Neil Patrick Harris), the musical numbers (one with chickens that had me clucking pretty good [egads, Fozzie is rubbing off on me]). I would have liked more Gonzo, though that’s me, but this is a very satisfying big screen return for the Muppets and worthy of the Henson originals.

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