I have been excited about seeing The Muppets since I heard about it over a year ago. I know a bunch of other people have as well.
If you grew up in the late 70's - early 80's then you should have been as excited as I was. I know there are some who
So I am so very, very happy to say that The Muppets was everything I was hoping for and more. And even more than that.
Full disclosure - My 9 year old thought it was only, "all right". My 6 year old though, said, "IT WAS TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!" We've got the 9 year old's future funds co-labeled College/Therapy. I'm leaning toward Therapy at this point.
The story, the songs, the cast, the Muppets. Everything was just so good. I have such a huge man-crush on Jason Segel now. From everything I've read, this movie would not have happened without him. I may even write him a letter telling him, "Thank you for bringing back such an important and awesome part of my childhood." I may not, but there's always that possibility.
I'm not going to go into what the movie is about. It's easy enough to get that somewhere else. Here for example - http://puppeteersunite.com/?p=2240
I'm going to tell you how it made me feel as I watched and as I thought about it later. Before I get to that though, I have to say that I saw the movie with about 26 other friends. Friends, their kids, friends of their kids, cousins, aunts and uncles. If you haven't gone to a movie with a giant group of your friends, you really owe it to yourself to do so. It was A LOT OF FUN.
Okay, so I'm so excited waiting for it to start that I forget that there's a PIXAR short before the actual movie. It's fantastic, just as it should be. A perfect warm up for The Muppets.
As The Muppets played I was filled with some really, simple and pure happiness. It was so great to see the characters again. Jason Segel and Amy McAdams characters were the perfect human cast-mates for the Muppets. I could see Segel's happiness beaming off the screen as he was singing his songs or just being onscreen with his childhood heroes.
I love the new songs. They have been in my head all day. Especially "Life's A Happy Song".
To be perfectly honest, this isn't going like I thought it would. Maybe I should have done this as soon as I got home, but I think I would have melted my keyboard from all the HAPPY that was spilling out of me.
I think I'll just leave it at my Facebook status update after the movie, "Sunshine is literally bursting through my chest at how happy I am after seeing The Muppets."
Go see this movie. Go call a childhood friend that you used to spend the night with, even if you haven't talked to them in years (shame on you) and go with them. If you've got a huge group of friends, go with them. And their kids. Or, you know what? Go by yourself. I may go see it again by myself. You owe it to yourself to see this movie.
Thank you, Jim Henson, for giving us the Muppets, and thank you Jason Segel and Disney, for giving them back to us!
Here's some more information. It's a Muppet Wiki (which is about one of the greatest things I've ever seen.) http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Muppets_(2011)