There’s really no sense preaching to the choir. If you grew up with the Muppets, or if you’re a younger fan who went through old episodes using the magic of the internet, I won’t be able to say anything that you don’t already know (or know better), the Muppets are the Muppets in the movie, and you’re going to be happy with the DVD. But what if you’re like me, who was already alive during the Muppets’ heyday and watched an episode or two but wasn’t a fan? Will you enjoy the movie?
The film has a number of interesting sideplots that are tangentially related, but the main plot deals with evil oil tycoon Tex Richman (played by Chris Cooper), who wants to drill under the Muppet Theater for oil. After 3 Muppet fans named Gary, Mary, and Walter, find out about the tycoon’s plan, they set out to find the Muppets, who have already went on their separate ways for years:
Kermit the Frog is now a broken, depressed frog who lives in his own mansion in Hollywood, Gonzo has become a high class plumber, Fozzie is now performing in a Muppets tribute band called “The Moopets”, miss Piggy has become a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, and Animal is now in a celebrity anger management rehab.
The plan is to get the Muppets to do a reunion concert, so that the Muppet Theatre can be saved from Tex Richman’s machinations. Of course, this being a Muppet movie, there’s a lot of humor involved, in physical/slapstick and pun/wordplay formats…and this being a Muppet movie, you can also expect a happy ending.
I don’t think knowing that the Muppets ends on a happy note will ruin the movie – not every movie has to have a twist or a shocking ending to be entertaining, after all. And I guess that’s one of the appeals of The Muppets, in the sense that it’s entertaining, interesting, and fun to watch even though it doesn’t try to be edgy and subversive. It’s genuinely funny and interesting so there is no need to shock viewers.
I used the Blu-Ray release for the review, though, so I guess it’s worth mentioning that the special features are some of the best you’ll ever see for any movie release, to the point that you can say the bonuses are worth the price of admission alone.
For instance, The “Unreleased Theatrical Spoof Trailers” segment features the classic viral gags that fans expect, as the Muppets parody several movies, including the Hunger Games and The Thin Red Line. “The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (in Muppet History **We Think)” is also worth noting, as the feature is as hilarious as its title.
All in all, The Muppets certainly deserve its reputation as one of the best movies of 2011, and it translates well even in home video format. The collection of some of the best collection of special features in the industry is a definite plus, and makes The Muppets Blu-Ray a good Buy. In fact, if you have a list of BUY NOW titles, The Muppets should be in it.