by Elaine Hegwood Bowen
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The latest movie about the Muppets is such a blast; just to see the gang in high-antics and good form after so many years is a delightful holiday treat. The story goes that the old Muppet studios are being sold, and an oil baron is just waiting to drill, unless the Muppets can come up with $10 million.
The gang decides to reunite, ala the Blues Brothers. But all aren’t so willing in the beginning and the star, in my eyes, Miss Piggy is a bit reluctant, stubborn and self centered. I just love Miss Piggy and the Muppets, but Miss Piggy has always captured my attention.
The Muppets are helped by real-life people Gary and Mary, from Smalltown, USA, and Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan. He is so much of a fan that he really must be the lost Muppet. He grew up as a plush toy and has always honored and loved the Muppets. So he is geeked when he is offered an opportunity to go to Los Angeles, and he’s equally geeked to visit the Muppet studios, but equally as crestfallen when he discovers that the studio is in bad disrepair and about to be sold.
The oilman named Tex Richman is so certain that the Muppets won’t be able to pull this one off. But the band of Muppets is victorious. Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit the Frog reunite the Muppets, who are scattered here and there, making their livelihoods as best they can. Fozzie Bear performs with a Vegas tribute band called the Moopets, and Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor in Paris. Animal is in a California center for anger management and Gonzo works in plumbing.
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have chemistry between them that is so human, as he doesn’t want to admit that he misses her or she him. They toy with each other, as always, even though as usual Miss Piggy thinks she’s the best thing since sliced bread and her chittlins don’t stink.
The Muppets stage a variety show telethon to raise the money, and Hollywood stars man the phones, as callers pledge money to save the property. The Muppets has a timely twist to it, as it’s a story of land-grabbing banks up against the little man. But in this case the little man wins—of course with the help of the masses, via the people who contribute during the telethon.
The Muppets cast is served well with cameos by Whoopi Goldberg, Mickey Rooney, Selena Gomez, Zach Galifianakis and Jack Black. Take the kids and grownups to see The Muppets; it’s a great movie!!!
Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago, who also serves as a news editor for FilmMonthly.com.
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