05 December 2011

Stupendous Sequel: The Muppets!

Waka Waka! Hi ho, there! The lovers, the dreamers, and me!

The Muppets was indeed a re-teaching and re-introduction to a world of comedy, wit, and goofiness. This film, in essence, is a sequel; it is crucial that audiences have seen the multiple Muppet movies before The Muppets. This film is a sequel because of the recycled characters as well as the emphasis on inside joke references from the previous films. This musical comedy shows what a sequel is meant to be.

The premise of The Muppets introduces American culture to a world where the Muppets are not highly acclaimed; in fact, today, most youngsters are not even familiar with the rowdy bunch to which Muppets veterans make reference. The film is completely self aware in the sense that the Muppets and human characters know exactly what they are getting themselves into. They understand the dynamics of the film industry and the demand for more as well as a driving rampant force of newness. The film integrates the omniscience of everyday culture with the proved timelessness of the Muppets.

Mise en scene drives the first part of the film. The colors in Walter and Gary’s house scream imagination. Gary and his puppet- brother-best friend, Walter, share a room fully equipped with matching twin beds and pictures of their favorite things on the wall, including Walter’s undying love for the Muppets which is proudly displayed The first number in the film, “Life’s a Happy Song,” immediately illustrates the lack of reality in Gary, Mary, and Walter’s world. There was not “lift” in the musical number, because the whole film is based on the satire (but also involvement?) of musicals. The intentional mockery in this number took over the splendor and wonder of usual musical numbers.

This film does not follow a conventional musical path. The characters and aspects of mise en scene show awareness to the situations around them. In many cases, musicals an ordinary lifestyle until the lift of a song begins. Is it possible that entire segment or film can live in the vicinity of the lift?

Style [of clothing and personality] is a distinct aspect of mise en scene. Amy Adams’ character, Mary, capitalized a classic yet outstanding look. Audience members the overwhelming amount of cameo appearances brought a new element of style to the screen. The audience while distracted with aspects of style also is distracted and entranced by each surprise appearance as performed by Jack Black, John Krasinski, Sarah Silverman, Neil Patrick Harris, Salena Gomez and others.

The colors and business of each scene, in particular the first few, excite and illuminate not only the mise en scene, but also the mindset of the audience. Jason Segel’s character, Gary, represents and reveals a larger than life-too-good-to-be-true brother and friend that everyone wants to hang out with. Amy Adams’ character, Mary depicts glamor and grace. The characters’ personalities shine through their bold outfits and placement in the scene.

The film focuses its excitement around the need for the Muppets to gel with current American film culture, but the inside jokes and blasts from the past add an element of irrepressible laughter. Mise en scene in The Muppets is both enlightening and comically distracting throughout the film. Each colorful puppet and attitude illuminates the screen.

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