The plot centres on the "different" Walter, a young muppet who has a lovely family and dedicated big brother, (a delightful Segel). While happy, he can't help but feel like there's something missing in his life. Then one evening he sees The Muppets on TV and a full blown obsession grows - particularly to Kermit The Frog. When his bro suggests that Walter join him and his girlfriend (a typically warm Adams) on a trip to Los Angeles, Walter sees this as a chance to meet his heroes. But when they get there they find Kermit and co. at odds with each other and The Muppet Show no more.
There's a thin line between cringe-worthy and sweet, and the balance that The Muppet movie strikes is all the more impressive for it. Segel obviously loves these characters dearly, and each one is given their time to shine - with Kermit obviously the focal point. For the most part Segel and Adams take a back seat, with the latter channelling her stellar work in Enchanted to blissful effect, and the former pasting a smile on his face that would be almost creepy if the joy wasn't so damn infectious.
If there's one a minor quibble with The Muppets it's that it's a little too topical. Some of the cameos are great (Dave Grohl, Jack Black) while others stink of whoever was free on the day - fat kid from Modern Family, weird guy from The Big Bang Theory etc. But that's a slight qualm in a film full of so many delights.
If you have children and they've never heard of The Muppets this is a perfect introduction. Will make you feel all warm and tingly inside.
Review by Mike Sheridan | 09:00 | Wednesday 1st February 2012 | Movie Review
I agree thought this trailer was great! And Segal writing the script!! I love him! DEfinitely want to see this film!Posted 17:28 | Thu 26th May 2011
17th Feb ???? why the wait !! Thanksgiving was the release date for the yanks !!Posted 16:31 | Thu 8th Dec 2011
So.. Jack Black (a man only mildly amusing in Panda form) is a good cameo.. but the brilliant Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jim Parsons isn't..??Posted 14:28 | Thu 2nd Feb 2012
And he's the "weird guy from The Big Bang Theory"? Guess you don't meet a lot of scientists then!Posted 12:41 | Sat 4th Feb 2012
Jim Parsons is a one note sitcom star who'll never headline a successful feature film on his own. THERE I SAID IT!Posted 16:18 | Sat 4th Feb 2012
went to see the muppets last sunday with my seven year old son,we utubed the muppets the night be for and thank god we did as loads of kids were lost even him at times the story line goes every were for little kids,breaking out in song,and the one song am i a muppet or a man,im a muppet man, had me and my son in stitches now as an adult it was great all the old songs and all the old gang.they be better of bringing back the muppet show then the little kids would get to no the muppets in then a film.but i loved it reliving my youth....Posted 09:47 | Fri 10th Feb 2012
This film is designed as much for the grown-ups as the small people. Three people go to L.A. for a trip and discover that the Muppet Studio is in need of rescue. They meet Kermit who gets the old gang back together. There are happy songs and dance numbers as well as some well known Muppet numbers to sing-a-long to. Some cameo's from people who were available on the day and a happy ending.Posted 09:23 | Mon 13th Feb 2012
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