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"The Muppets" Movie Review

Updated on June 5, 2014

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"The Muppets" Rating

5 stars for "The Muppets"

The Storyline

This movie plays out like a love letter to those who grew up with the old Muppet show and old Muppet movies. It goes back to the roots of what made the Muppets popular to begin with back in the day. It's a very feel good movie as well, and if you're having a really bad day watching this will definitely brighten it right on up for you.

The plot is that the Muppet studios is going to be destroyed by a business man named Tex Richman who is looking for oil. His plan is discovered by a new Muppet named Walter and his brother Gary (curiously he's not a Muppet) and Gary's girlfriend Mary. They find Kermit to tell him about the evil scheme. At the news the Muppets decide they have to get back together and put on a show to raise enough money to save their studio from being demolished.

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The Music

There's a combination of original songs and covers in this movie. There's also the first ever Oscar winning song for a Muppet movie in this movie: Am I a Man or "Am I a Muppet?".

All the original songs are well done musical style songs that are reminiscent of the old Muppet movie songs. My favorite is "Am I a Man or Am I a Muppet?".

The notable covers here are: "Smells like Teen Spirit" and "F U". They are incredibly funny in the context they're put in the movie. The "F U" song is a little stupid to put into a movie aimed at young audiences but the chickens cover it and just cluck all the notes and don't say any lyrics. It still might be a little awkward to explain what song it is if any little kids ask their parents about what song it is. I really love Nirvana so I was excited that Dave Grohl has a cameo as Animool and that "Smells like Teen Spirit" is briefly covered in the barbershop quartet sketch. However I heard some parents complain about it being featured because they think it isn't good to glorify the band that Kurt Cobain was in to children as Kurt abused drugs and committed suicide. I disagree with this being an issue though I agree that glorifying someone who did those things is wrong while trying to teach your kids the importance of their being drug free and helping them to treat any depression they may have in a healthy way. I think Nirvana and Kurt Cobain should be remembered for their music and not for their drug use or Kurt's suicide. But if you are a parent who is very diligent about what kind of music you expose to your children or who you want them to look up to you may want to avoid this movie. If it's any consolation though it's a very brief part that the song is featured and I didn't even know that's what they were covering until I read up on some of the movie trivia on Imdb as it sounds completely different as a barbershop quartet set up.

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The Characters

Most of the most well known Muppets have big parts in this movie. Except for Rizzo the rat, Robin, and perhaps some of the show characters. I think the creators decided to add some additional new puppets to the cast though to make it fresh. Some of the new puppets are: Walter -a Muppet fan-, the Moopets -a band of casino performing, trashy, ripoff versions of the Muppets-, and an evil villain -or only evil appearing- Uncle Deadly. Overall all the Muppets are effectively zany, crazy, and funny, so I was pleased with all of their scenes. I really liked Walter and thought he was a sweet character to have added to the Muppet cast. The Moopets, while being hideous fake versions of the Muppets, had me laughing so hard in every scene they were in I was choking. I particularly liked when the Muppets came face to face to them and were scared by them. The Moopets are actually a good example of what has become more popular now. Some of them acted gangster or had piercings, or were really tough. If you flip on MTV there's reality TV shows with people that are similar to the Moopets. I think by showing that the Muppets were intimidated by them it almost seemed symbolic of the Muppet creators acknowledging that this new reality show world scares them and that they don't want the Muppets to be like that and they want them to still be about witty humor not be trashy or gangster and scary.

The cameos of celebrities in this was a wide range of people. Jason Segal, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Juong, Jim Parsons, Kristen Schaal, Sarah Silverman, Selena Gomez, Whoopi Goldberg, John Krasinski, Neil Patrick Harris, David Grohl, Rico Rodriguez, and the late versatile Mickey Rooney were some of the big name cameos in "The Muppets" My favorite was definitely Jim Parsons's cameo, as I'm a big fan of his work in "Big Bang Theory" and in "Garden State". He's an incredible comic talent and he was perfect for showing up and singing in a Muppet movie.

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Who is this movie for?

Those of all ages who enjoyed the old Muppet show or the old Muppet movies will enjoy this movie. I'd say kids ages eight and up would be the ideal age for watching this. Mostly because they might enjoy and understand the humor more than too young children. I'm pretty sure I watched Muppet movies when I was younger than that even so it's completely up to the parent if they think it's good for their kid or not. It's rated PG, so it does have some mild crude humor in it. There isn't anything that's overly violent or frightening in this movie so there's no concerns in that regard if you have very small children. The Moopets are a little scary as the trashy version of the Muppets but it's shown in a humorous way that they scare the rest of the characters.

Similar Movies to "The Muppets"

This movie is very similar to "The Muppet Movie", "Rio", or "Despicabl". It's definitely it's own unique entity though.

Summary

I definitely recommend at least watching this one time even if you aren't a big Muppet fan. It's a movie that has heart, laughs, music, wit, and isn't violent or racist or cruel in how it shows it's humor which is an amazing accomplishment for a movie in this day and age. I give it a five out of five stars.

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    • Shinzuu Katame profile image

      Shinzuu Katame 3 years ago from Maine, USA

      Friggin' LOVE this movie! Own it on blu-ray with no regrets.

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      Nicole Kristine 3 years ago from MN

      It is a pretty awesome movie! Thanks for the comment Shinzuu

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      Cc 2 years ago

      The muppets was so good. Wayyy better than the oz one or the space one.

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      Nicole Kristine 2 years ago from MN

      Thanks for reading!

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