Muppets Back For A New Generation, But Is It Any Good?
Well after a dozen years of pathetic TV specials and direct-to-videos releases (prior to "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie" (2002) which was fairly good), commercials, and viral Youtube videos, the muppets are finally back for a new theatrically released film, but is it any good? Well the story (as seen above) is about a NEW muppet, yes the last new muppet were those lab rats from 1999's Muppets From Space. His name is Walter (Peter Linz) and honestly he along with screenplay writer Jason Segel and Amy Adams steal valuable screen time from the real muppets like Kermit, Piggy, Rowlf, Fozzie, Gonzo ect. leaving many muppets with little to no screen time most namingly Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, Beauregard, Rowlf, and Rizzo the Rat. Walter is a very bland character. To explain Walter, he's just like if all us muppet fans who aren't famous actors got on stage with the muppets. We would love it, but we'd just fail. Jason Segel who's typically hilarious in "How I Met Your Mother" gives a lifeless performance prior to his "Man or Muppet" scene. Amy Adams is just bleh, I mean is she even a muppet fan? She adds nothing to the film and we'd be much better off without her. Though Jason and Walter contribute to the plot they could have been better, but Amy Adams shouldn't have been there altogether. The first real muppets appear exactly 13 mins. and 42 secs and boy was I happy. Statler and Waldorf came to make us laugh like hell along with Chris Cooper in a decent performance as the antagonist with Bobo the Bear as a henchmen which made me jump for joy that he's back with (drumroll) UNCLE DEADLY!! That really made my day because I haven't seen that guy since 1984! Overall the film moves on until somehow the muppets get what they want so moving right along (muppet joke). There are some major problems. First off the performances of the three main characters. Also, the freaking pretty much WHOLE FILM is a big rip off of NBC'S 2002 rv movie It's a very merry muppet christmas movie though nobody seems to care!! WHAT IS WITH THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also there are so many muppets not in the film like Johnny Fiama, Sal Minella, and almost ALL the Muppets Tonight muppets! Though there are also many good things like the majority of the songs, Jerry Nelson as the announcer, all the lost muppets, and all those nostalgic references. Overal this film is what we all thought The Muppet Movie would be back in 1979 which is The Muppet Show: The Movie. In all this film is a good film, not an A+ film more like an A- film. It isn't as good as the first two classic Henson made muppet films and probably some of the others, it may disgust older muppet fans, but if you're a die heart muppet fan like me then you have to watch the latest muppet production, so for all you unsure fans first just rent it or watch it on TV. But the important thing is that we got the muppets make and the world is a little better.
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