Mah-na-mah-na. If that conjures up instant memories, "The Muppets" is the movie for you. Young and old, everyone will find something to laugh at in this feel good charmer. Kermit and the gang are back and trying to save their old theatre from a millionaire oil man (played hilariously by Chris Cooper).
Gary (Jason Segel) and his brother, Walter (a new muppet), are lifelong fans of the muppets. Gary goes on a trip to L.A. with his girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams) to celebrate their 10 year anniversary. They bring Walter along so he can go see the muppet theatre.While they are there they learn about the plot to buy the property and drill for oil. They decide to try to find and warn Kermit to figure what to do. He decides to get the gang back together (in a segment reminiscent to both "The Blues Brothers" and the original "The Muppet Movie") and put on a show to save the theatre.
Lots of songs, laughs, and cameos ensue. It's hard to say who will be more entertained the kids in the audience or the adults who grew up with the muppets. All the old muppets are back both popular and obscure and there are some newer ones from later series and movies too. It's good to see everyone back in the type of movie they deserve though. A lot of people have wanted "The Muppet Show" to become a movie and while there have been good efforts in the past on film involving the muppets, this is the closest in returning to the roots of the old show. Kermit, Ms. Piggy, Fozzie, Ralph, Dr. Teeth, Floyd and more are all back. Chances are your favorite muppet will be there too. As a matter of fact so will their evil dopplegangers, the moopets, who Cooper wants to hire to carry out his evil plans.
It's hard to imagine a more fun time at the theatres this year that the whole family can enjoy. It's a rewarding, enjoyable, feel-good film and a must see both for the kiddos and their parents who have nostalgia for the muppets of the past. Good times for all. Run to see this. Mah-na-mah-na, that is all.
Bottom Line: The muppets are back and sure to entertain a new generation of people. Make it a point to see "The Muppets", you won't regret it.
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