Nostalgia. There is something so nostalgic about nostalgia. Joking, of course, but there is something very comforting about revisiting a fond memory. It’s like when you go back to your old high school or college and walk the halls. At first you feel a little out of place because it is slightly different than you remember it being. Then, by memory, you are taken from one fond event to the next about that special place where so many wonderful things impacted you and the person that you would one day grow to be. That is exactly how I felt while watching The Muppets.
Plot: Walter and Gary (Segel) are two brothers that have always been best friends. They are very much alike in every way. Well, in almost every way. Walter is a Muppet. Since Walter was a child he has idolized Kermit and the rest of The Muppets that he watched faithfully on his TV. When Gary, now an adult, tells Walter that he taking him to Los Angeles to meet The Muppets, Walter realizes that his dreams are coming true. Those dreams are quickly shattered when they find out that The Muppets Theater has been abandoned for years, and that the majority of the old gang hasn’t spoken in a very long time. When Walter overhears a business deal that is going to take the Theater away from Kermit he enlists the help of Gary, Mary (Gary’s girlfriend played by Amy Adams), and Kermit to go on a search for all of the missing band members….before it is too late.
Worth the admission? Is Fozzie Bear the funniest bear in the world? Of course! This movie, in my opinion, in one of the best revitalizing/relaunches of an old franchise that I have seen since Doctor Who was brought back in 2005. It is not just some movie that is being made to cash in on the memories of the past series. This is a great stand alone comedy that would have been funny even if you had never heard of The Muppets before today. Not only is a funny, but it has a lot of heart and a great story.
One thing that I really liked about it was that they broke the fourth wall a few times. For those that are not familiar with this term “breaking the fourth wall” is a term used when a character interacts with the audience in one way or another. It comes from the idea that in any given shot/scene there are three walls visible (both sides and the back) with the fourth being the end of the stage or the TV/Movie screen. This makes The Muppets seem more personal than just a normal movie.Kudos to Jason Segel for not only his acting on this project, but his writing as well (he wrote the screenplay). If you like it as much as I did, or didn’t and want to tell me why, let me know!