The Muppets (10/10 for children 7/10 for adults)
by Tony Medley
Run time 108 minutes.
OK for Children
I freely admit that I would
have had to have been dragged yelling and screaming against my will to
see this had I not been invited to an 11 a.m. screening at Disney which
allowed me to eat lunch at their excellent commissary. So it was a
complete surprise to find that the film is not only not a complete drag,
it's colorful, musical, and fun, with the Lucky Strike extra advantage
of the presence of the redoubtable Amy Adams.
While children won't notice
it, the plot is sparse to give it the best of it. There is absolutely no
reason why a doll like Amy Adams would date a fey dope like Jason Segel
for ten years waiting for marriage. There's nothing to indicate why she
would love him, and put up with him spending all the time available to
him with his Muppet brother. Further, the movie doesn't explain how
Jason could have a Muppet for a brother. How did that work? We never see
Jason's parents to see if one of them is a Muppet. For adults, this is
too much to suspend credulity.
Even so, there are some
charming cameos by people like Alan Arkin, Mickey Rooney, Whoopi
Goldberg, and many others, along with a good performance by Chris Cooper
as the bad guy.
The movie is too long for an
adult and doesn't have enough singing and dancing. What singing and
dancing we get are very good. The last half hour drags and the ending is
preachy, although I guess that's a staple of The Muppets; they've gotta
get their message in (not that there's anything wrong with that).