by Lorie Lewis Ham
Special coupon for Dinuba Platinum Theatre at the end of this review.
I remember as a teen loving the Muppet Show on TV and through the years watching the various Muppet movies, so it sounded like fun when I heard that after all these years there was going to be a new Muppet movie. My daughter was excited as well, not only because she remembers loving the TV show from old videos and reruns, but because a favorite of hers, Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), was not only in it but helped write it.
Now I have to admit for me it was all about the TV Show, not the past movies, but since this movie was more based on the TV Show I had high hopes and I wasn’t disappointed. In this new movie there are two brothers—Gary (Jason Segel) and Walter—who is shall we say a little different from his brother. They are the Muppets’ biggest fans and set out to Los Angeles to visit the Muppet Theater and to celebrate Gary and his girlfriend Mary’s (Amy Adams) 10th anniversary together. When they arrive, they find out that the theater is abandoned and an evil man is trying to buy it with plans to destroy the theater so he can drill there for oil. Walter is unwilling to let this happen, so the trio set out to gather the Muppet gang back together to save the theater by putting on a show.
This movie is filled with a lot of cameos including Jack Black, Whoopie Goldberg and Neil Patrick Harris. It’s so much fun for us older fans to watch the same acts we loved on the TV show, and great for the younger generation to be introduced to the simple, clean comedy of the Muppets. My son, who is 16, really doesn’t remember the show very well, but loved the movie. My niece, who is only three, is a brand new fan. I have to include a mention of my brother who was obsessed with the Muppets as a kid—-I’ll never forget his Ralph doll. He has loved them ever since, and I think he was just as excited to see this movie as any kid. You just never outgrow the Muppets.
I won’t give away any more of the plot, but I will say that this is the ultimate family movie that any age can enjoy—with fun songs, comedy, and good positive messages about friendship and love.
So whether you remember the Muppets from your childhood, or have never experienced them before, this is a movie you shouldn’t miss. I’m sure there will now be a new generation of kids enjoying Kermit, Piggy and the gang.
The Muppets is now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.