Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Movie Review - The Muppets (2011)

Not Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational, or Muppetational

The Muppets plays music and lights the lamp, but not sensational, inspirational, celebrational, or even muppetational, and that's the most disappointing thing of all. What we have is two films vying for the same space, does not appear to win because they are not handled properly. On the one hand, we have, not dangerous maudlin love story between Jason Segel and Amy Adams, who occasionally interrupted by musical numbers that have a lot of singing and dancing but almost every life. On the other hand, we have the Muppets themselves, which would be fine except that they are almost completely reduced to the background scenery and not given anything much to do. For all the effort that was put into the set, the costumes, special effects, and of course the doll, the film does not have the imagination and the hearts that make the most of the previous Muppet movies so enjoyable.
Movie Review - The Muppets (2011)

In previous efforts, human actors are basically supporting players. The filmmakers have enough sense to let the story unfold from the perspective of the Muppets, all of which are allowed to grow as a character. This is not the case with this film, which gives sufficient time for Segel and Adams. They play Gary and Mary, a healthy, some brighter than all-American hamlet of Smalltown, where the total population fluctuates welcome sign for a bus across the city limits. Much of the film is spent on those who are deeply in love - and, of course, on the circumstances that test their emotional fortitude. We knew right from the start that their relationship is ridiculous, but the real problem is that it is also unnecessary. It does not help that either seals or Adams gives a noteworthy performance. Adams in particular was surprisingly out of place, spending most of his time mugging girlishly.

For their tenth anniversary as boyfriend and girlfriend, Mary Gary decided to take a trip to Los Angeles. Along for the ride is the brother Gary, Walter, who, for prudent reasons left unexplained, is a doll (performed by Peter Linz). Mary did not mind ... for Gary to make time for a romantic dinner. Of course, Walter did not look at this from their perspective. Being only three feet high and made of foam, she always felt like an outsider. She finds solace only watch The Muppet Show, and in time, he was selected for the biggest fan of the Muppets'. The sole purpose of joining Gary and Mary is to take a tour of the Muppet Theater in Hollywood (note, Angelinos: The actual Muppet El Capitan Theater - which, incidentally, is where I see this movie). It turned out to be a shadow of himself, attractions dilapidated nobody is interested in.

In time, Walter overhears the rich Tex Richman (Chris Cooper), who says he wants to transform the theater into a Muppet museum but in fact it had found oil under and plans to take it all for himself. The only possible way to save the theater, as stipulated by the contract Rich and Famous Kermit the Frog was signed in 1979, was when Kermit raises $ 10 million on a certain date. And Walter, Gary and Mary discover Kermit (performed by Steve Whitmire), who now lives in an old, decaying mansion in Bel Air. He decided that the only hope is to track down the rest of the Muppets and, in the musical tradition of backyard Judy Garland / Mickey Rooney, giving performances. But such a thing possible? As a TV executive (Rashida Jones) finally made it very clear, the Muppets just not popular anymore. Under his command, they must have a number of celebrities.

We saw some of the Muppets were found. Fozzie (conducted by Eric Jacobson) conducted in Reno with a tribute band flat called Moopets, Animal (again Jacobson) is undergoing anger management, Gonzo (performed by Dave Goelz) has become a pipeline conglomerate that success, and Miss Piggy (Jacobson again) has made life for himself in Paris as the editor of Vogue magazine. The rest were collected during the montage. What bothers me is that just about any of the Muppets are given a fair share of screen time; they are not characters, but the object for viewers to nominate and recognize nostalgia. The only exception is Kermit and Miss Piggy, and even then something was missing. For the first time in decades they were paired together, they have absolutely no chemistry.

Like most of the Muppet movies, we were treated to kill the celebrity cameos. It will include Jack Black, Mickey Rooney, Alan Arkin, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Whoopi Goldberg, John Krasinski, Selena Gomez, Zach Galifianakis,