NETFLIX pick of the week the muppets
This is Jason Segel's charming Muppets reboot.
It didn't seem likely five years ago that the loser from Forgetting Sarah Marshall would be the guy to bring The Muppets back to life on the big screen.
Disney were naturally perturbed when Jason Segel approached them about doing a Muppets movie but they needn't have worried. Segel is a huge fan and wanted to bring some Muppets magic to a new generation.
The result is a charming movie that harks back to old-fashioned entertainment, an unashamedly joyous delight. There's singing and dancing galore and, as it's the Muppets, the film has goofy gags and knowing humour.
The plot is centered around Gary (Segel) and Walter, two brothers – one human, one muppet – and Gary's girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams), who go to LA to visit the old Muppets studio, now disused and in a state of disrepair.
Uncovering a plot by bad guy Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to drill for oil under the studio, it is left to Kermit the Frog to get the old team back together for a benefit gig.
The world has left the Muppets behind and the film takes advantage of that and older generations' nostalgia by plucking up each Muppet from obscurity: Fozzie Bear is performing with a band of Muppet impersonators called the Moopets. Gonzo has a successful plumbing business. Animal is in anger-management treatment and his sponsor is Jack Black. Miss Piggy is a plus size editor for Vogue in Paris.
As the telethon approaches, a host of celebrities join the fun. But it's the Muppets that are the main draw, and by the time the climaxing Life's A Happy Song is sung, the good-natured appeal of those puppets wins out.
The follow-up, Muppets Most Wanted, is out in March.