The best thing I can say about The Muppets is after it ended, I was genuinely happy. There are always movies that entertain me or intrigued me but there aren’t many that make me leave the theater with a smile on my face. That’s how this revival of the Muppets made me feel. Everyone involved (Writers Jason Segal & Nicholas Stoller, director James Bobin and music supervisor Bret McKenzie) got it right.
There were so many things I loved about the movie. I felt like it had pieces of the core three Muppets films (getting the gang back together, heist, evil corporations). Onw of my favorite aspects of the film is that it was incredibly self-aware. The Muppet Show and films always played loose with the fourth wall and The Muppets was no different. Every time there was a scene I felt was going on too long or was getting too silly, the movie itself addressed it.
I don’t know if foreknowledge of Bret McKenzie (of Flight of the Conchords) helped or hurt me. I enjoyed all of the songs (I’ve been singing them for the last week or so) but there were some that sounded like they were Flight of the Conchords outtakes (particularly my favorite song, “Man or Muppet”). I don’t know if I would have thought that if I didn’t know about McKenzie’s involvement.
As a long time fan of all things Muppets (I used to watch The Muppet Show as a kid and yes, I just carbon dated myself), I can say that this film was a great tribute to everything that made the Muppets special and hope, like is hinted with this film, that this is a new beginning for the franchise.