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Muppets Most Wanted review

Picking up literally in the same scene that the last film ended the Muppets soon realise that the cameras aren’t going away, which can mean only one thing, the comeback was a success so they’re getting a sequel.

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The Muppets Movie

After a 12 year absence the Muppets make a return to cinemas and they don’t disappoint.

It’s hard to believe that the last Muppets movie was Muppet Treasure Island in 1996.  Now, in 2012, fans, old and new, get to see a new Muppet adventure, this time starring, alongside the Muppets, Jason Segal (Gary), Amy Adams (Mary) and Peter Linz, as the latest Muppet Walter.

The story follows Gary, Mary and Walter as they go to Los Angeles to celebrate Gary and Mary’s 10 year anniversary and visit the old Muppets studios with Walter, who thinks that the stories about the Muppets closing down are just internet rumours.  Walter soon learns that this isn’t the case and that there is an evil villain plotting to tear the studios down, the three then head off on a quest to reunite the Muppets and save the studios.  Along the way they encounter several celebrities making cameo appearances, the best of which is Jim Parsons (aka Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory).

Other celebrity guests include Emily Blunt, Selena Gomez, Zach Galifanakis, Sarah Silverman Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Black and many more.  There’s so many that you probably won’t notice some the first time or maybe you’ll get paranoid and start thinking people are in it that really aren’t, I was convinced I saw Tina Fey I just can’t prove it.  Some of the cameos were really small, which I guess with that maybe people it was either that or make a ten hour movie, but some were really funny and it was fun trying to spot the ones that weren’t so obvious, Tina Fey for example.

The music for the movie was brilliant, bright and cheerful for the most part naturally.  Some classic Muppets songs, like Rainbow Connection, were used in the film and new, just as catchy, ones were introduced.  The songs were a great part of the film; they were funny and just plain old fashion fun.

It’s hard to say anything bad about it, because I really did enjoy the film, but one thing that comes to mind is Walter, who I just couldn’t sympathise with.  Sure at first you feel sorry for him, because he’s a Muppet in a world of humans, but then that wears off and he just comes across as a selfish.  Though everyone, or at least my favourite characters, got a fair bit of screen time so they more than make up for his selfishness.

In the Muppets movies, they tend to make jokes about being in a movie, which works really well for them.  This time, along with those types of jokes, they make a nod at dark remakes with some, not so friendly, Muppets cast as potential replacements that might be better suited for today’s audiences.  Hopefully, this remains a joke and we never have to see the Muppets being remade, though it would be nice if they continued making films or even returned to television.

The Muppets movie comes out on the 10th of February, in Ireland and the UK.  If you like the other films or the series then it’s worth seeing, even without kids.  Let’s face it they made this movie mostly for the adults anyway and it’s a refreshing change from all those dark remakes and 3D films that are in cinemas these days.  I would definitely recommend it.

What do you think?  Are you going to go see it?  Do you like the Muppets?  Who’s your favourite Muppet, mine was always Animal?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button, if you liked this review.


The Muppets First Trailer Review

It starts with one man forgetting his anniversary and ends with a Muppet adventure.  That’s right I’m talking about the Muppets movie again.  Why?  Because they released a trailer.

The trailer is actually disguised as a melodramatic romance movie and then it’s revealed to be a trailer for The Muppets.  Making the fake trailer was a really clever idea; it kind of taps into some of the fun of the film.  Near the end we do get to see some of the actually footage and it looks impressive.  The tone matches with earlier Muppet movies and that’s really the most important thing.

It’s clear from the trailer that there will be some musical numbers, which isn’t surprising if you’ve ever watched The Muppets before.  The new songs will be written by Flight of the Concords star Bret McKenzie, but some of the classics will also be making an appearance too.  Among these classic songs is the hit Rainbow Connection.

So far I’m impressed by what I’ve seen, not that I was expecting otherwise.  The people working on the project really care about it and it’s great to see that.  It would be a complete shock to me if this film didn’t end up being a hit.

What do you think?  Are you impressed by the trailer?  Did you like how it started with fake footage?  Let me know by voting and commenting below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


The Muppets 2011

The big celebration of going over 200 posts is not quite ready.  I underestimated the difficulty of what I was trying to do and now I need to invest 2 euro to fix the problem.  Don’t worry it will be soon, I just need to track something down first.

Anyway, in the spirit of quick recovery, let’s get down to business.  Today I have great news for Muppets fans as a new film is coming out this year.  This will be the first Muppets film in over ten years.  A lot has changed since then and the question has to be asked; Is there room for the Muppets in a world where kids are filled with Bieber fever and computer animation has become so popular?

Personally I don’t think it matters.  Let’s face it; cinemas will be packed even if there isn’t a single child that wants to see the film.  The Muppets have always been something that the whole family can enjoy, age really isn’t a factor.  As long as the movie is done right I have confidence it will do great at the box office.

The plot follows Walter, a puppet, who is the world’s biggest Muppets fan.  With his friends Gary and Mary, played by Jason Segel and Amy Adams respectively, Walter travels to Los Angeles where he finds out that the Muppet theatre is getting torn down by a businessman who wants to drill for oil.  Walter and his friend’s then travel around to reunite the Muppets, who have all went their separate ways in the last decade, and have a telethon to raise the money to save the theatre.

It sounds like they have a very strong plot, by which I mean it sounds like something that would happen in a Muppets movie.  However, times have changed and so has technology.  According to Segel we’ll see the Muppets ‘doing stuff they hadn’t been able to do before’ by this he means that they will be using more advanced puppets.  You may have noticed that on the poster they have legs.

The movie will feature special appearances from many celebrities, but luckily Justin Bieber is not one of them.  In an ironic twist the guy who played the ‘Asian’ in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is (this isn’t random I was talking about him in a post a couple of days ago).  The list of celebrity appearances is so long so I’m just going to name a few.  Jack Black, Mila Kunis, Beth Broderick (Aunt Zelda), Selena Gomez, John Krasinski, Lady Gaga, Ben Stiller and many more.

As of yet there is no trailer, but I’ll post it when it’s released.  It shouldn’t be long now, as the movie is set to come out on the 23rd of November.  Also if you like Toy Story, you’ll be happy to know that a brand new short, featuring the characters from Toy Story, will air before the Muppets movie in cinemas.

What do you think?  Are you excited for the Muppets to return?  Do you think the plot is interesting?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.