May 30, 2017

“The Muppets” has a perfect RT grade (for now)


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I’m afraid I’m jinxing “The Muppets” just by typing this, but so far – as of Tuesday morning – James Bobin’s delightful family comedy is batting 100 on Rotten Tomatoes.

All 27 reviews are Fresh to date. Eleven Top Critics have weighed in on Kermit and Miss Piggy’s reunion, all giving thumbs up to what should be a massive Thanksgiving holiday hit.

“No matter who you’re taking to the movies, and even if you’re going by yourself, you can’t go wrong with this one,” Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir writes.

“Effortlessly blending wised-up, self-reflexive humor with old-fashioned let’s-put-on-a-show pizzazz, The Muppets is an unexpected treat,” Justin Chang of Variety adds.

In my review of “The Muppets,” filed from the film’s world premiere at the Savannah Film Festival, I called Bobin’s film “a delightful mixture of nostalgia and Charlie Kaufman-esque, pop-culture punchlines wrapped in a comfortable, getting-the-band-back-together structure.

“Co-writers Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel (who stars) obviously grew up on the weekly variety program that entertained those of us now know as Generation X. And there’s a loving subplot about reclaiming family entertainment from the vapid, insensitive reality programming that passes for television these days.

But beyond that, “The Muppets” – much like their feature films of old – is infused with goofy charms and non-ironic glee. The Muppet voices are a little off, but the humor and sentiment is spot on. Rapid-fire jokes appear to grow smarter as the film progresses, and the movie-concluding variety show will transport you back to your childhood living room, where you gathered as a family to laugh and sing along with the Muppets and their weekly celebrity guest host.”

Can the film sustain it’s perfect rating? Will notorious contrarian Armond White derail the love parade? We shall see.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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