Movie Trailer Review: By Ben Boquist
I love the muppets. From the muppet show to Muppet Christmas Carol and the Great Muppet Caper, Jim Hensen’s felt covered creatures have sung and danced their way into my heart.
And that is why I’m thrilled about the new muppet movie coming this Thanksgiving. With screenwriter Jason Segel (who showed his aptitude for both humor and heart in 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and director James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords, The Ali G Show) this promises to be a hilarious feel good ride.
Segel and the always wonderful Amy Adams (Enchanted) star as Gary and Mary, two devoted muppet fans who, along with their puppet friend Walter, try to reunite the scattered muppets in order to save the Muppet Theater from destruction at the hands of an odious oil tycoon (appropriately named Tex Richman.)
In addition to the script, Segel composed music and lyrics making this a full scale Muppet movie like the ones we (or at least I) grew up with. Given Segel’s reputation for bawdry R rated comedies, some Muppet purists voiced concerns about his vision for their beloved characters. But they needn’t worry. Segel is a kid at heart.
“I think one of the things the original Muppet movies did amazingly well,” Segel said in an interview with Pop Sugar, ” is that they don’t condescend to children by feeling like they have to dumb things down to the lowest common denominator. And when you don’t do that, you get a family film in its truest sense.”
A film that the whole family can watch AND enjoy together? That is cause for celebration!