Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Muppets - Globe and....Oscar Contender?

I am kind of surprised with some of the first reviews of The Muppets. Not that I didn't think it was going to be good, but these reviews aren't just good, by God they are great. I think it definitely has some potential in categories like Best Original Song, and maybe some technical nods, but I am starting to wonder, is The Muppets a Best Picture contender? At the Oscars, my guess would be no, but what about the Globes? It is not currently in my predictions, and there are a lot of film vying for five, maybe six, spots in the Comedy/Musical category, but I think that we should watch out for The Muppets, a semi-musical, very funny set of characters that may inspire nostalgia, and may get a nomination. Here are some of its reviews:

Justin Chang from Variety:

"Effortlessly blending wised-up, self-reflexive humor with old-fashioned let's-put-on-a-show pizzazz, "The Muppets" is an unexpected treat. Bright and perky, cheeky but never mean-spirited... Charming musical elements, a cluster of celebrity cameos and a thoroughgoing sense of creative resurgence engendered by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller's smart script should ensure that happy outcome; hecklers will be few."

Todd McCarthy from Hollywood Reporter:

"The first bigscreen outing for the colorful crew since Muppets from Space in 1999 and since Disney acquired the franchise from the Jim Henson estate in 2004, this perfectly enjoyable family comedy is disarmingly upfront about its raison d'etre—to reboot the Muppets for a new generation of moppets. In this it should succeed, while also entertaining old fans inclined to a bit of childhood nostalgia."

So the verdict...a fun family romp...can it cash in on awards glory? We'll have guessed it....wait and see.

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