The Muppet Movie

The Muppet Movie ★★★

Like most human beings who have ever even heard of Jim Henson's beloved creations, I too have nothing but love for the Muppets. Muppet Treasure Island and Muppets from Space were childhood staples in my household that I would revisit even by the time my peers had surely grown out of them. The wondrous, hilarious, and most of all JOYOUS alchemy these films achieved made them reliably comforting pop culture treasures that I always knew I could count on.

When it boils down to it, I didn't outright love this original Muppet Movie precisely because it feels like a Muppet road test rather than the kind of sharply balanced film I grew up loving. When I first fell in love with them, Kermit and co. were already masters of delivering pure entertainment in the best ways, whereas here they feel like they're still finding their narrative footing. From a technical perspective, this is without a doubt an incredible feat. And it was satisfying to see these beloved characters again. But the story they find themselves in is far too pedestrian (if odd in a repetitively dull way) and clearly relies on the Muppets' trademark charm and a revolving door of cameos to keep it on its feet. If nothing else, I'm thankful it served its crucial purpose in pitching Henson's mind to a massive audience that would ensure their enshrinement as cultural icons.

P.S. Miss Piggy has always been one of my two favorite Muppets (Gonzo being the other) so EVERYTHING she did in this once again cleansed my soul and gave me life force the way only she can.
P.S. The best cameo / scene was definitely Mel Brooks as a mad scientist frog brainwasher.

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