Reviews: The Muppets
A good B+ movie
I really LIKED the movie, not loved, liked. I expected myself to laugh alot more at this. All the fourth-wall and sight gags were very clever but if you bring a young kid with you they will be slightly bored with this, its more of an older kids and up film. The humans were slightly underdeveloped (Gary and Mary were fortunate enough to avoid this but Tex Richman suffers from this. The songs were both catchy and well made and the cameos were funny too (especially Jack Black's torture at the hands of the muppets who were among the few who saw Gulliver's Travels). I also feel like the world is ignoring Muppets Tonight due to how they basically buried references to the show (Pepe's brief cameo, Bobo the Bear not doing anything, no Clifford) and to be true they probably forgot all about the Jim Henson hour too. I don't hate the original Muppet show but I grew up with the MT show. Overall a terrific film, but not as good as I though it'd be
An Enjoyable Film
As the other review states, if you're a fan of the Muppets, go see this movie. Now. It will give you warm nostalgic feelings. There are tons of Call Backs and Shout-Outs, and hilarious jokes, for adults and kids alike. The musical numbers, original and old, are good, and it's just a feel-good movie. That said, the plot is a little weak, but if you're a Muppets fan, or a kid, you can probably overlook the few weak spots and just enjoy the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational movie of the year!
One of Us: the movie
In short: Like the old Muppets tv show? You'll like this movie. This film covers a lot of old ground, both in callbacks and establishing characters you should already know. Expect slapstick, madcap antics, and some new characters guaranteed never to be seen again. Don't get me wrong, it's slickly produced and gets a few out loud laughs. Just don't expect high concept filmmaking here. The Muppets formula of musical numbers and celebrity cameos gets cranked out here with the same regularity as a James Bond sequel. Longtime fan? Got time and money to burn? Get to the theater! Otherwise, nothing here you can't enjoy just as much on DVD in a few months. -D.B.