Pup­pet posse rides again

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH

THE all- new The Muppets does bet­ter than merely achieve a nos­tal­gic pass mark. This is a qual­ity ex­er­cise in all- ages en­ter­tain­ment, de­ploy­ing a some­thing- for- ev­ery­body fac­tor in ev­ery scene.

The screen­play ( co- writ­ten by one of the movie’s hu­man star’s, Ja­son Segel) clev­erly chops, crops and pops what we thought we knew of life in­side the Muppets bub­ble. But the in­fec­tious spirit of the fa­mous char­ac­ters re­mains as strong as ever.

No need for much fo­cus on the plot.

A greedy oil ty­coon has his grubby hands on the Muppets’ old HQ in Hol­ly­wood and is about to level the joint.

The Muppets’ head hon­cho Ker­mit the Frog needs to find $ 10 mil­lion in just a few days to stop the rot.

But first he must find his old run­ning mates, all of whom have forged im­pres­sive solo ca­reers away from the group.

Gonzo has hit the big time in the toi­let bowl busi­ness. Fozzie ( still as fun­nily un­funny as ever) is dy­ing on stage nightly with his shabby night­club act.

And Miss Piggy? She’s now the editor of French Vogue, of course. With the posse back in full ef­fect, the Muppets set about rais­ing the en­joy­ment stakes, oc­ca­sion­ally in­ter­rupt­ing quite a sus­pense­ful race against time with some killer mu­si­cal in­ter­ludes ( even the old ch­est­nut Rain­bow Con­nec­tion earns its keep in a fresh and show­stop­ping new way).

If you have in­ten­tion­ally, or even ac­ci­den­tally, sub­jected a child to an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, it is your solemn duty to rec­tify the mis­take by treat­ing them to The Muppets. Now show­ing Vil­lage Cine­mas

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