The Muppets ***

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I had high expectations for “The Muppets”. Maybe they were too high, but given the creative team that was tasked with reviving this long forgotten franchise, the hype was not without merit.

Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, who brought us “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him To The Greek” wrote the story. The director is James Bobin who helped create some genius shows like “Flight Of The Conchords” and “Da Ali G Show”. Together they do an admirable job of updating the Muppets and integrating them in to modern day, but they don’t do a lot to tell a compelling story.

I will say that it was nice to see Kermit The Frog, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear and the rest of the gang. The new Muppet, Walter, has a pretty funny back story. I didn’t much like the plot involving the evil oil tycoon who wants to bulldoze the old Muppet theatre and drill for oil.

The last act of the film, involving the Muppet telethon is the best. Seeing their old variety show back in action was simply joyous. I hear they are now working on a sequel. Perhaps they should simply do an hour and a half of the variety show and scrap the artificial plot devices.

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