73- The Muppets [7.5]
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary and Mary from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds.
More than anything, The Muppets is a pleasurable film to watch. With an abundance of self-referential material and fourth wall breaking, screenwriters Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller took a wise approach in acknowledging how The Muppets aren’t relevant anymore.
I especially enjoyed some of the angles that director James Bobbin shot the musical numbers. Though there’s a fair amount of the usual crane shots for those type of sequences, he also opted to make those scenes feel original. Brent McKenzie, his cast mate on Flight of the Conchords, provides the soundtrack with some very Flight-esque arrangements (including the woefully out of touch Amy Adams solo number in the diner).
I laughed quite a few times and had a big smile on my face for most of the movie. That’s what I like in getting to spend a little time with The Muppets.