Blog #39: Movie Review: The Muppets

The Muppets are back!  Funny, I hadn’t realized how long it had been since there was a Muppet movie.  I’m not going to talk much about the plot.  It’s the Muppets.  They’re awesome.  Period.

I do have something to say about the marketing that went into this movie.  It was in a word, brilliant.  See, they didn’t make this movie for the kids.  They made the movie for the adults who remember the Muppets from their youth so that they will take their kids to see it.  Brilliant marketing.  So many of the jokes in this movie went right back to the original “The Muppet Movie”.

I remember watching “The Muppet Show” when I was a kid, getting excited when the spinning ITC Entertainment logo came on, because it meant it was about to start.  (At least, that’s how I remember it.  I haven’t been able to find that spinning logo online.)

I teared up watching them recreate The Muppet Show opening.

I remember sitting in a theater, watching The Muppet Movie, and Kermit playing Rainbow Connection, and it got to me to hear them play it again over thirty years later.

And there was no more emotional moment in the movie than when Gary, Mary, and Walter spoke three lines from the original show theme song, and Kermit completed it with a few sad notes on the piano.  That one got to me.

One last thing.  There is a douchebag from Fox News (I won’t dignify him by using his name) who has accused the makers of this movie of trying to brainwash children against the rich.  His argument is that the villain of this movie is a rich oil mogul named “Tex Richman.”

First, if you think this was an attempt to influence children against the rich or if you think it actually will, then you’re an idiot and your existence offends me.  Morons.

Second, who else are they supposed to make the villain?  Should they give Kermit and Fozzy AK-47s and send them after terrorists?  (I would go to that movie.)  I could come up with dozens of possible villains, and I guarantee the same people complaining would still have a problem with it.  Why?  Because that’s who the Muppets are.  They were a creation of the hippies.  Their song is Rainbow Connection, for God’s sake.  Of course they are going to have this kind of story.  In “The Muppet Movie” they faced off against a Frog Legs restaurant chain owner.  In “The Great Muppet Caper” they ran afoul of a wealthy playboy who had used up all his money and turned to a life of crime.  In “The Muppets Take Manhattan, a lack of money to put on their show leads them to disband and find jobs.  Come on, people, the plot of the newest movie is right in line with what they’ve always done, and it’s awesome as always.

Thanks for reading!

About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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