Thursday, 8 March 2012

The Muppets, dir. James Bobin, wr. Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller, st. Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones

As far as nefarious Liberal Agenda propaganda films go, 2011's glorious return to form from The Muppets is pretty effective, but maybe not in the way Fox News' Eric Bolling meant. His batshit outburst at how far "the left will go just to manipulate your kids, to convince them (to) give the anti-corporate message" in December of last year (at the depiction of central villain Tex Richman) wouldn't be out of place in one of the many wacky-reality scenes in the movie. The tireless pursuit of old-time entertainment is what the Muppets have always been about, and here, given a 21st Century Hollywood polish, the film (involving a cynical acquisition of the original Muppet Theatre) proves utterly irresistible thanks to the legendary poise-perfect puppeteering, some winningly irreverent Conchordy songs penned by Bret McKenzie, and a handful of chucklesome cameos. You may grin more than you guffaw, but at a time when there's a very palpable sense of the Arts being under attack, it's soul-pleasing stuff indeed to see a film that so directly and unashamedly fights its corner, even if that does come in the form of Camilla the Chicken clucking her way through Cee Lo Green's Fuck You!. Charming and altogether entirely delightful.