Puppet posse rides again
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