Movie Review: The Muppets (2011)

Fun, funny, touching, cheeky, charming, and full of nostalgia – that’s The Muppets in a nutshell.

My thoughts in greater detail?

  • The music was awesome. I want the soundtrack!
  • The costumes were great. I want Amy Adam’s wardrobe! (in a plus size, please)
  • The story line was classic Muppets. A villain, something to fight for, and the Muppets working together to pull off the impossible (and, of course, putting on a show!).
  • The celebrity cameos were fantastic. (The scene when Kermit meets Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez is hilarious!)

Really, this movie was a joy to watch. It’s rated PG for “mild rude humor,” but I didn’t catch much of that, and I definitely don’t think it’s a huge concern for parents of younger children. In fact, I would classify this film as wholesome entertainment.

And speaking of children, I think this movie is relevant for children of every age, from 1 to 100. I loved it for many of the nostalgic hat-tips to the Muppets I grew up with, but my 10, 13, and 17yo kids who came with me also laughed a lot and enjoyed themselves immensely. (I had to aggressively “hush” my 17yo a few times because she was honestly laughing so stinkin’ loud!!)

I’m not really a fan of Jason Segel, but I was impressed to learn that he co-wrote the film, and I think he did a fabulous job starring in it. Amy Adams seems made for a Muppets movie – wide-eyed and earnest and absolutely lovely.

My screening audience cheered several times throughout the movie, which I think demonstrates the enthusiasm many have for The Muppets, and the cause we all have to celebrate now that they’re back on the big screen.

*Disclosure: We received passes for a pre-screening of The Muppets. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. And I have to confess, I got a little teary-eyed in a few scenes, especially when the cast sang “The Rainbow Connection.” Wonderful!