The Muppets – I expected to like this, but I think I can safely give it an “Exceeds Expectations.” I’m not the biggest fan of the Muppets (I actually haven’t watched that much of the original TV show), but I like them, and this was very much classic Muppet material. There’s a lot of their traditional sort of humor, including a good amount of self-referential jokes. It acknowledged that the Muppets no longer have the popularity they once did, but suggested that there’s still a place for them, which I can certainly agree with. I have to say that, while I think kids will like it, it was done with a heavy degree of nostalgia, and is perhaps more for people who remember the Muppets from childhood. Speaking of nostalgia, Kermit’s eighties robot, which had a noisy modem and offered Tab and New Coke, was hilarious. Some interesting celebrity cameos as well, one of my personal favorites being Sarah Silverman as the greeter at a diner. Yeah, I’d definitely recommend this.
Well, okay, maybe I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who non-ironically watches Fox News (or, more specifically in this case, Fox Business Channel):
Apparently, because the villain is an oil baron, the film is brainwashing children into accepting anti-corporate propaganda. They haven’t seen anything THIS controversially one-sided since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs presented poisoning your stepdaughter as a bad thing. Seriously, it’s not like the greedy businessman trying to take over a small, close-knit organization is at all a new plot, and the movie didn’t exactly play it straight anyway. It’s purposely cheesy and comical (come on, he raps about how evil he is), and I think anyone with a modicum of intelligence would realize that a villain named “Tex Richman” isn’t intended to be taken seriously. But then, anyone with a modicum of intelligence wouldn’t be considered for a job at Fox Business Channel, so there you go. As the conservative media are quick to tell us, it’s not easy having green. Strange that they didn’t complain about Sam the Eagle, seeing as how he more or less parodied Fox News anchors before the station even existed.
Another thing I came across recently related to the movie is a list of Muppets who don’t appear in it, or at most have very minor roles.