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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Muppets

Romney Muppet

"I guess people sort of forgot about us," Kermit the Frog laments early on in The Muppets. This joyous, charming film should remedy that.

The revival comes from director James Bobin (Flight of the Chonchords, Da Ali G Show), screenwriters Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Jason Segel (who also stars with Amy Adams).  Bret McKenzie (Flight) also contributes three songs.

As you'd expect from that talented group, the dialogue and the songs are superb. They've added some sharpness but kept the sweet streak. It's clear that this was the team that was meant to make this movie. This fact was made clearer by how poorly the cameos were misused, the movies biggest flaw.

Will adults who grew up on The Muppet Show enjoy this reboot? Can the muppets still resonate in a cynical world? It's time to cue the music, it's time to light the lights....

SImply put:  Delightful.

Award potential:  "Life's A Happy Song" should get noticed for Original Song. I'd love to see "Man or Muppet" make that list too.

The ten buck review: Worth ten bucks. Worth nine and a half just to hear the chickens sing.

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