365 Film Challenge Part 2: Muppet Mania!

Drill is, 365 films I haven’t seen before in 365 days. Going through a Muppets phase so watched a few of their movies.

Film #4: The Great Muppet Caper

I’m kinda surprised I’ve never seen this movie before as I love the Muppets, but while I watched The Muppet Movie and The Muppets Take Manhattan as a kid, this one never seemed to come up, which is a shame as it’s a gem of a movie.

greatmuppetcaper

Investigative reporters and identical twins Kermit and Fozzy travel to London to report on a diamond robbery. Alongside them is their photographer Gonzo. They arrive in the UK and meet several familiar faces and must clear the name of Miss Piggy, who has been framed for the series of diamond robberies.

This is classic Muppet territory with the same lovable characters, stream of cameos and delightfully silly humour along with some nice fourth wall breaks.

Delightful. 8/10.

Film #5: Labyrinth

WoM was quite surprised that I’d never seen this movie because I love 80s fantasy movies, Jim Henson’s stuff and, most of all, David Bowie. I’m kinda surprised too, but despite being aware of it for years I’ve never actually sat down to watch it.

Teenager Sarah is annoyed that she’s expected to babysit yet again, and irritated by her brother Toby’s crying, she calls on the Goblin King to take him away, albeit not entirely seriously. Unfortunately, however, that doesn’t matter and Sarah has to travel through a confusing, unfair maze to find his castle and rescue her brother. Along the way meeting various weird characters.

labyrinth pos paul terry

The movie was absolutely wonderful, the fantasy elements are well done and there’s plenty of humour too, and this kinda manic energy to certain sequences which is just infectious. Jennifer Connelly’s performance is a bit shaky in places, but it’s a minor quibble and more than made up for by David Bowie’s cool, joyful performance as the villain.

Weird and wonderful, kinda regret that it took me this long to get to it. 7/10.

Film #6: Muppets From Space

After two literary adaptations that knocked it out of the park (The Muppet’s Christmas Carol and The Muppets’ Treasure Island), I missed this Muppet movie and heard mixed things. I had seen a little bit of it before on TV but had never watched the whole movie.

muppetsfromspace

The plot revolves around Gonzo, who starts to feel alone as there are no other “things” like him. He doesn’t even know what he is. As he receives messages from the space he begins to suspect that he is an alien and his family are coming to find him.

As he tries to reply he comes into contact with a shady government agency and is captured, leaving the rest of the Muppets, who he lives with to launch a rescue mission. Will Gonzo find out where he came from? Will Piggy succeed as a television reporter? Can they save Gonzo from the feds?

It’s quite a fun movie, even if it is a bit weaker than the other Muppet flicks. The problem here is that while there are a few celebrity cameos they feel very dated watching the film today. Will newer audiences remember Dawson’s Creek? And while as an old Hulkamaniac I’m glad to see Hulk Hogan appear, his cameo has far too many references to his then role as a heel in the NWO.

Still, the gags come thick and fast and the majority land, and the characters remain as charming and lovable as ever. 7/10.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s