Michael Verdi is a HUGE Muppet Fan- who managed to score preview screening tickets to the new Muppet Movie (The Muppets). Michael has given me permission to post his review on Puppeteers Unite! SO here goes…
The Muppet Critic Presents: “The Muppets” (2011 film) review
by Michael Verdi
Hi! I’m Michael from The Muppet Critic! Welcome to my review of “The Muppets.” I’m very excited because this is my very first review. I had the opportunity to see the preview screening of “The Muppets” at The Museum of Moving Images tonight. I got to see the movie with Heather and Jane Henson. I would really love to review it for all of you wonderful Muppet fans!
Are you’re tired of The Muppets doing stuff like being pirates, meeting space aliens, walking on yellow brick roads, and one or too many Christmas movies and specials? If so, well you’re in luck because The Muppets have returned old school on the big screen after 12 years of not having a movie at all in theaters. In the last 12 years, The Muppets have only been on specials and TV movies on the small screen. They’ve also been on the internet doing viral videos that got over 1,000,000 views. A new generation of kids will finally be introduced to the wonderful characters!
Their last movie on the big screen was “Muppets from Space” that came out on July 14, 1999. It got bad reviews. I got to tell you right now in my opinion that it was the worst Muppet movie to ever I ever saw and wish it never saw the light of day. But enough about “Muppets from Space,” I’ll make a full review about that movie soon.
I’ll be sure to make this review spoiler free. I’ve been very excited and been waiting to see this movie all year. It is my most anticipated movie to see this year. It’s time to get things started, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time to make a review about “The Muppets” tonight. So what are we waiting for. Let’s get on with the review!
Let me give you the very simple plot of the movie. The movie starts at “Smalltown, USA” where we meet Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan. It’s been Walter’s biggest dream to meet The Muppets and join them. He feels like he belongs there. Gary (Jason Segel) invites Walter to come to L.A. with him and Mary (Amy Adams). When they come to Muppet Studios, now closed and run down, Walter overhears a evil plot from Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to destroy Muppet Studios to get the oil that is underground. Walter, Gary, and Mary must reunite all of the Muppets and stage a telethon Muppet Show and raise $10-million to save Muppet Studios.
I have nothing negative to say about the movie. This movie puts the icing on the cake. Disney really out did themselves making this movie and was worth all the waiting and anticipation to see it. I want to give major props to Jason Segel for making such a wonderful movie. He was a wonderful actor and dancer. I love Walter. Peter Linz has brought a new and wonderful character to life. Out of all the characters Peter has performed over the years, Walter is my favorite. Walter really shines in this movie and I really hope Walter becomes a regular in future Muppet projects.
Each song was wonderful. Each song had their own unique style and flavor. “Pictures in my Head” was a very emotional song and showed the frogs can emote. Camilla and the Muppet chicken’s rendition of “Forget You” was absolutely hilarious and I almost fell out of my seat laughing. My personal favorites were “Life’s a Happy Song, “Pictures in my Head”, “Man or Muppet?”, “Forget You”, and of course, the new version of “Rainbow Connection” sung by the Muppets.
All of the characters were brilliant. All of the Muppeteers did a wonderful job bringing the Muppets to life as always. I got a crack out of the Moopets. I loved Uncle Deadly. I thought Matt Vogel did a wonderful job bringing Uncle Deadly to life. He was also terrific with Floyd and Camilla. Miss Piggy came out strong and demanding as always. I loved Camilla and The Swedish Chef. I thought those two were absolutely funny. I never laughed that hard at them before. But my favorites would have to be Kermit the Frog, Walter, Uncle Deadly, and Camilla.
References of the original “The Muppet Show” and Jim Henson are shown in the movie. Puppet Heap did an absolute wonderful job building the puppets in this movie. They even brought back classics Muppets that we haven’t seen in a long time like Thog, Behemoth, Wayne and Wanda, Uncle Deadly, and Beautiful Day Monster to name a few.
The Muppets have finally returned to the big screen just like they were in the first three movies. The Muppets are the stars %100 and brought me happiness and joy. I strongly recommend that all of you see this movie. It is worth every penny. I give “The Muppets” 5 stars and A+.
This review has been brought to you today by the letter A and by the number 5. Thank You for reading and I will be sure to review more Muppet movies soon.