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The Muppets 2011

  • James Bobin
  • November 23, 2011
  • 103 mins
  • English
  • Comedy, Family, Music
They're closer than you think.
When Kermit the Frog and the Muppets learn that their beloved theater is slated for demolition, a sympathetic human, Gary, and his puppet roommate, Walter, swoop in to help the gang put on a show and raise the $10 million they need to save the day.


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I enjoyed this movie very much, not just because I'm a fan of Jack Black and Jason Segel ;)

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Rarely does something truly stir the child and emotions in me as this film did.

"The Muppets" didn't sit with me as their previous forays to the big screen, it's not that kind of film and I don't think it was meant to be. It's not a Muppet movie, it's a movie with The Muppets; if that makes sense.

The Muppets are a pinnacle of anthropomorphism, but Kermit has never felt as human as he does here. His introduction and his first song (which is better, I feel, than the Oscar winning Man or Muppet) sets the tone perfectly and had me flicking between being 10 again but just as firmly an adult. Memories of sitting on the carpet three feet from the TV watching The Muppet Show as Mum told me I'd get square eyes if I didn't move away, flooded back. As an adult his struggle with their relevance landed and is what lifted this to a place I found really affecting.

Towards the end Kermit sings The Rainbow Connection and it floored me in a wave of goosebumps and seriously moist eyes. It wasn't shot on the scale of The Muppet Movie version, was on a stage and felt intimate in a way they haven't before.

Aside from Kermit all the major players are back and in fine form, though some have only scant appearances. I was a little disappointed that Pigs in Space didn't get a cameo but the Swedish Chef can make up for a multitude of sins.

Animals "...in control" was brilliant and had me laughing every time.

Highly recommended.

Totally Wocka Wocka!

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