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The Cinematic Katzenjammer: April 1: The Muppets


April 1: The Muppets

"With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon."

   The Muppets is the perfect return to form our lovable little felt friends deserve. The film blends an excellent combination of both new and old, borrowing aspects from the previous films for nostalgic emotion while injecting the new and modern. The plot plays on the fact that the Muppets haven't been technically relevant for years and is the perfect story to jump-start the franchise. Jason Segel, an avid Muppet fan himself, stars in the film that he also produced and wrote. His love for the Muppets is clearly on display and the movie showcases our friends with reverence. The Muppets mixes comedy, music, and an overabundance of celebrity cameos that let you know it's a true Muppet movie. 

Plus the songs are written by 50% of Flight of the Conchords... yes, please.

   Speaking of the songs, they are catchy, clever, and full of Muppet genius. The soundtrack features a bunch of original songs (one actually won an Oscar), as well as covers familiar songs. Each song has it's own musical number and is completely reminiscent of old school stage musicals that you just don't see anymore. It's with this throwback, among others, that you're reminded of how classic and long-lasting the Muppets really are. The Muppets is not just a great film because of the title characters, but because it's completely refreshing from everything other movie out right now. It shows that certain types of humor don't necessarily go away with age and, when approached with love, creativity, and simplicity, anything can be entertaining. 

Aw! Genius! I love it!

   Overall, I highly recommend The Muppets. As a huge fan of them myself, I was not let down. One of my only complaints is that Amy Adams is a little out of place in the film, coating it with just a bit of extra cheese. Other than that,  the entire film is incredibly enjoyable and makes you all warm inside. I can't be happier that the Muppets are back and the film is an excellent re-welcoming of our little friends. I hope that the success of the film will energize the franchise and we will be lucky enough to see more of Kermit, Ms. Piggy, Gonzo, Roowlf, Animal, Sam Eagle, Swedish Chef, Scooter, Beaker, Bunsen, Dr. Teeth, and the newest Muppet, Walter. 

The Good:
super nostalgia that brings out the kid that grew up with the Muppets
The Better:
the song, "Muppet or a Man" and how the Muppets can make something incredibly cheesy, awesome
The Best:
duh, the fact that the Muppets are back on the silver screen

Overall: 9.2/10


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