The Muppets

Oddly enough, the movie this new Muppet flick most reminded me of is “Rocky Balboa.” It’s in that sense of nostalgia, with iconic characters who some may think are past their prime but who decide to stand tall and soldier on…

Of course, on a scene to scene basis, this is a completely different kind of movie, filled as it is with goofiness, silliness… And musical numbers! Oh, those musical numbers!

But beyond all that, there’s a truly moving story that pulled me in right away, as we meet Gary (Jason Segel, who co-wrote the screenplay with “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” director Nicholas Stoller) and his little brother Walter (Peter Linz), who’s always dreamed of meeting Kermit the Frog and the Muppets – even though they’ve long gone out of style.

What follows is a wonderful story about growing up, growing apart, looking to belong, looking to matter again, getting back together, getting back on stage… All of which is driven by Segel’s boundless enthusiasm, joie de vivre and obvious love for all things Muppets.

I also loved Amy Adams as his girlfriend, Chris Cooper as the villain, plus all the celebrity cameos (Jack Black, Dave Grohl, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris, John Krasinski, etc.).

“The Muppets” is, quite simply, one of the most enjoyable movies of the year. Jim Henson would have been proud.