|Directed by:||James Bobin|
|Written by:||Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller|
|Cast:||Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper|
|Studio:||Walt Disney Pictures|
|Genre:||Adventure, Comedy, Family|
After seeing Jason Segel's vampire muppet musical in Forgetting Sara Marshall I never would have realistically thought that his new Muppet movie would actually come to fruition. 3 years later and here we are.
Segel's and Amy Adams are absolutely perfect as the perky upbeat couple traveling to Los Angeles. I was a little nervous about Segel putting the spotlight more on himself writing the script in all, but after seeing the final product its apparent that he wanted to give the Muppets as much screen time as possible. And rightfully so.
The story's pretty ingenious and does a great job of making the Muppets relevant and bringing a universal message home for all ages to enjoy. I will say though, that watching the film, it does have that feel of something that's behind a few years. It was obviously written a few years ago and probably could have been tightened up a bit. But I think this could also be due to the sometimes lagging pace from director James Bobin.
The cameos are all great, although I expected Neil Patrick Harris to have a bigger role honestly. When he said the line "I don't know why I'm not hosting this", it was exactly what I thought as well. Jack Black's alright, but I feel like Neil Patrick Harris has variety host written all over him. And it was really nice to see Chris Cooper in a lighter role as the villain.
I think the thing that surprised me the most was the music. I'm usually not one for musicals, but the music here may have stole the show for me. They're incredibly well done and really pack some of the biggest laughs of the film. "Muppet of a Man" and "Party of One" are absolutely classic songs and one of the greatest takeaways the film has to offer.
It's great to see the Muppets in the spotlight again and even funner to see a guy who cares about them so passionately, as Jason Segel obviously does, get to be a part of that.