Search

Review: The Muppets

09:00 10 February 2012

The Muppets

The Muppets

Archant

You can’t not like the Muppets. Trust me, I tried. When I was young I never used to watch The Muppet Show – even this couch potato wasn’t generally sat inside watching ITV at 4pm on Sunday – and on the occasions I was I didn’t really take to them.

Show me a film that is rooted entirely on the affection people feel towards them and I become misty-eyed for the whole sock draw lot of them, yet still without ever growing to like them.

Even people who like the Muppets generally have little interest in watching movies featuring them.

The idea of The Muppets is to encase them within a big, all-singing and all-dancing, self referential yet affectionate entertainment that will turn all that good will into bums on seats.

The plot is getting the now disbanded team back together to make one last comeback show to raise $10million to save the old Muppet studio.

It is packed with the type of send-ups of movie conventions that first appeared in Mel

Brooks’ films in the 1970s. The songs by Bret McKenzie, of Flight of the Concords, are consistently funny and the nomination of Muppet or Man as best song was really the only thing the Academy got right in its selection.

Jason Segal and Amy Adams do sterling work as the human additions. Segal has a clumsy energy that suggests a Muppet made flesh, while Adams is a showbiz trooper.

It is a flaw that most of what is best about The Muppets is everything except for the Muppets.

Just like the Star Trek films with the original cast, the big screen cruelly reveals how old and weary some of them are.

Kermit really is just a green sock with the two halves of severed ping pong ball stuck on for eyes. (He is though, still a very expressive sock.)

Also most of the original voices aren’t there.

It’s tragic that Jim Henson didn’t live long enough for this but disappointing that Frank Oz went off in a huff.

THE MUPPETS (U)

Director: James Bobin

Starring: Jason Segal, Amy Adams, Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and Chris Cooper

Length: 110 mins

***

0 comments

Other Diss events

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Merry Opera's Barber of Seville. Picture: Laurent Compagnon

Opera, political theatre, the Chuckle Brothers and trumpets sounding loud. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.

Monday, February 16, 2015
Swan Lake, Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia

Russian State Ballet of Siberia return to perform three classic ballets, there is family fun with a host of favourite characters in Milkshake Live!, the story of the building workers strike is told in United We Stand, there is an Indian fable told in dance, comedy from Iain Stirling and Paul McCaffrey and an retrospective by abstract artist John Golding. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.

Monday, February 9, 2015
The stage production of Lionboy

From theatrical chills to Second World War courage, Simon Parkin picks six cultural highlights not to miss this week.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
The Wind in the Willows

Award-nominated theatre companies join forces for a musical adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame classic The Wind in the Willows, there is another lunchtime concert by the Britten Sinfonia, it’s dark and they’re wearing sunglasses, a night of the Blues Brothers in King’s Lynn and two of the finest exponents of traditional folk song visit. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.

Most Read

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 2°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition