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The Muppets (2011)

it's strange how flip-floppy i feel about this movie. On the one hand, it does a very good job of capturing the magic of classic Muppets that i have memories of as a kid and in a way that i think can appeal to new audiences as well as old. It made me laugh out loud many times and hearing The Rainbow Connection was a heartstring pull of a unique sort that happens very rarely in movies for me these days.

On the other hand, the movie's plot felt very elementary with a tissue-thin structure whose sole purpose was to serve as a conduit for a movie that bordered on being overbearingly self-referential. In a way it was kind of clever to incorporate the idea of "The Muppets used to be great, they can be great again" into the movie, but the extreme in which that idea seemed to be pounded into the head of me as a viewer started to feel like that one person who loses his credibility about his awesomeness by spending too much time saying that he's awesome. The Muppets are timeless. I think that the movie would have been more successful if it allowed the audience to acknowledge that of their own free will rather than through the eyes of the Muppet's greatest fanboy who also happened to be a muppet.

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May. 8th, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know exactly what you mean - it did sort of beat one over the head. And lacked that certain sick edge that used to save the show from smarminess. However, I still can't help but laugh about the joke about the laugh, at the end. :) Eor keeps teasing me about it. He'll just go, "Maniacal laugh!" and I'll crack up. ;)
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