At first I was skeptical about another Muppet movie, but since my parents were in town for Thanksgiving, and a cynical friend recommended it (not to mention The Muppets killing it on Rotten Tomatoes), we went and saw it last night.
I can’t remember the last time I had such a sustained grin on my face. The kind of smile that even feels good on the inside. And not the kind of smile where you feel guilty for laughing (ala Hangover), but the kind of general warmth where you can be sitting in between your wife and parents and everyone is equally delighted. Most importantly, it met my 3 criteria for enjoyable comedic art-it was creative yet familiar, it was surprising, and it didn’t take itself too seriously.