The Muppets • director James Bobin
The Muppets have never been the same since Jim Henson died. They know it, we know it, but they know we still want them. Badly. So thank God for Jason Segel.
The Muppets is the tale of the old gang getting back together to launch their careers again and stop oil baron Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) from tearing down Muppet Studios. It’s filled with inside jokes, giddy songs, silly characters and generally the kind of over the top zanieness that you want and expect out of the Muppets. This is a Muppet movie that can stand with the original three and do it proudly.
This is a Muppet movie that more than once mad eme tear up - because I couldn’t believe I got to see this kind of spirit from The Muppets again. The Muppets helped form my sense of humor and sense of reflexive cinema - before I even knew what reflexive cinema was.
The line that got me the most in the entire movie was of course delivered by Kermit himself. As he’s being persuaded to try bringing his gang back together again he delivers a song lyric “can we do it, or has something broken that can’t be fixed.” I swear to you I almost cried. The something broken is creator Jim Henson, and while the Muppets will never be the same without him, The Muppet movie is the closest thing to a Jim Henson Muppet film we’ll get to. And that is a very great thing.