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Home Video Review - The Muppets

06 Jun 2012
It's time to bring home The Muppets
With The Muppets all but forgotten and a plot underway to demolish the old Muppet theatre, two fanatical fans hatch a plot to bring the gang back for a telethon to save the day.
Some half century on from their birth and more than three decades after their first movie outing, The Muppets headed back to theatres in 2011 to the thunderous acclaim of critics all over the world. It was a true cultural phenomenon, an impressive resurgence for a group of characters long thought to be lost to the ravages of redundancy. And it was all very much deserved. The Muppets is a riotously entertaining endeavour, filled with wry and knowing humour, fun characters and a feeling of genuine love for the property that few reboots, or long delayed sequels can muster. That’s mostly down to the presence of Jason Segel, who not only makes for a perfect, unselfconscious leading man but is also responsible for the script of the film. Together with co-writer Nicolas Stoller, he pitched the idea to Disney and has been on tireless quest to bring it into being for several years. Happily, The Muppets turned out to be a project worth pursuing, and Segel attracted some fitting talent to help – both in front of and behind the camera. He’s joined on screen by the delicious Amy Adams who proves, as she did in Enchanted, that she’s a marvellous comedy talent, surrendering to the ridiculousness of the role and throwing herself headlong into the musical numbers. You’ll also find Rashida Jones and Chris Cooper, as well as some cameos which we won’t spoil. TV director James Bobin makes his theatrical debut here and does a remarkable job – wrangling the technical issues of a massive cast of puppeted creatures as well as the demands of crafting a musical movie which won’t grate, even on those less interested in the genre. He’s previously worked extensively on The Flight of the Conchords and there are definitely echoes of that here, no more so than in the songs penned by Conchord Bret Makenzie, which are smart, subversive and generally hilarious.The Muppets succeeds partly because its charming and warmly funny but also because it’s smarter than you might expect, taking the lead of previous Muppet features in being more than a little self aware. The journey of Segel and his muppet brother Walter to bring the Muppets back into the limelight mirrors the process of the film itself, which has reminded audiences the world over that they are characters worth resurrecting. If you missed The Muppets in theatres, rectify your mistake immediately on blu-ray or DVD. You won’t be disappointed!Extras: You’ll find a decent selection of extras, kicking off with a commentary from director James Bobin with co-writer Nicolas Stoller and writer/star Jason Segel. There’s also a making of, some screen tests, deleted scenes and a lengthy blooper reel. Plus you’ll find the full collection of those hilarious spoof trailers for the film.
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