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[movies] Meh about the Muppets - Lakeshore
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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-12-11 06:59
Subject: [movies] Meh about the Muppets
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Yesterday, [info]mlerules and her friend L— took [info]the_child and I to see The Muppetsimdb ]. The movie was fun and entertaining, though not exceptional. More to the point, if you don't remember the 1970s and the 1980s, and The Muppet Show on television, a lot of the movie will simply pass you by.

On reflection, one of the things the movie lacked was the fundamental charm that I associate with the Muppets. To some degree, the movie acknowledged this with the Moopet spoof characters. Also, I'm not particularly fond of Amy Adams' acting (I found her downright irritating in Julie & Julia), while Jason Segel if anything overplayed the essential goofiness of his role. So while there were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, especially with respect to the music editing (in a sort of "the eighties, you had to be there" way), the movie never really gelled for me.

Still, if you're a Muppet fan, it's worth seeing. Go for the matinee, though, or wait for the dollar theatre showing. This movie doesn't merit an evening of your time and full priced movie ticket.

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User: nicosian
Date: 2011-12-11 15:19 (UTC)
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Yeah, I liked it, I'm a major muppet fan but this seemed off just a smidge.

I think it might have also been in part the same muppet movie story line that with respect to people who have not seen it yet, it seems to be the same major plot in every movie.

But my partner and I, we acknowledge that movies like this are around in part at christmas to occupy the kiddies while the parents go shop. ( at least that's what our parents did...)

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Jim Keller
User: jimkeller
Date: 2011-12-11 15:59 (UTC)
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I quite enjoyed it, myself, despite the obvious flaws. Definitely one that's made for the fans, not for the mainstream, though.
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mlerules: Yoda
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-12-11 18:19 (UTC)
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Fun but not fab sums it up well. (Oh, FYI, L = ladydrakaina)

Edited at 2011-12-11 06:20 pm (UTC)
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2011-12-11 19:00 (UTC)
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the Moopet spoof characters

Dave Grohl as Animool cracked me up.
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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2011-12-11 22:06 (UTC)
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I thought it was worth the price of admission, and my son enjoyed the heck out of it, in spite of being too young to enjoy the series. I do agree it's not going to be everybody's favorite movie ever.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-12-11 22:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, I saw it at a matinee, so I suppose despite my poor-mouthing it was worth what I paid. :)
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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2011-12-11 22:20 (UTC)
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We actually paid the matinee price, too. LOL.
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