WEEKEND REELS
The Muppets
Friday, January 06, 2012

Director: James Bobin; Cast: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper

Jason Segel, Amy Adams and friends deliver a very welcome return for Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of Jim Henson’s creations after a 12-year big-screen absence. From start to finish, the movie is a healthy, dizzy dose of childlike bliss, the songs campy but catchy, the humour corny but clever. Co-writer Segel and Adams play small-town tourists embarking on a quest to reunite the Muppets and save their old Hollywood studio, which is targeted for demolition by an evil oil man (Chris Cooper). Director James Bobin maintains a nimble pace throughout, the story gleefully dashing from song-and-dance numbers to hilarious montages to the sort of precious asides that are a staple of the Muppets, among them plenty of self-aware winks at Hollywood convention. Celebrity cameos, also a Muppet strength, are plentiful but a bit disappointing; after such a long time in mothballs, the Muppets deserve a better turnout of top stars to welcome them back. But overall, the movie is refreshing on every level, a piece of nostalgia so old it’s new again, and a breather from Hollywood’s 3-D digital onslaught in favour of fur and fuzz. PG for some mild rude humour. 103 minutes. — AP

 

DVD classics:  Releases you may have missed over the years

Galaxy Quest (1999) (PG)

The crew of a science fiction TV show are mistaken for the real thing by a group of aliens that are being attacked by a very aggressive group of aliens.

Best for: A lot of wacky fun

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Comedy

What’s good: Laugh-out-loud funny with fabulous special effects that affectionately spoofs every Star Trek cliché known to man

What’s bad: Whether you watch it for the first time or the fiftieth, it still makes your stomach ache!

Cast: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman

 

Rating: ΗΗΗΗΗInspector Gadget (1999) (PG)

John Brown, as a security guard, attempts to rescue materials that were stolen from the lab. Hot on the trail of the culprit, his car is blown up. Brenda utilises the work of her father and reconstructs John into the half-man/half-robot that we know as Inspector Gadget.

Best for: A kid’s cartoony version of Robocop

Genre: Action/Adventure/Comedy

What’s good: The appeal of this movie is in the gadgets

What’s bad: The cartoon character totally overshadows the movie — and steals all the thunder

Cast:  Matthew Broderick, Rupert Everett, Joely Fisher

 

Rating: ΗΗΗΗΗ

 

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