Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Muppet Movie

So it wasn't a super-great movie. The pacing was off in spots, some of the musical numbers weren't all that pizzazzy and, honestly, there just weren't enough Muppets. I mean, Jason Segel is definitely a Muppety man, but I just wanted more.

I loved it, though, particularly for embracing the zaniness and chaos of the Muppets. There were jokes that broke the fourth wall, sight gags galore, and a massive cast of characters.

There was one moment that really got to me, though.

Toward the end of the movie, the Muppets performed "The Rainbow Connection." It wasn't a particularly amazing performance, other than Animal on drums (finally), but what made it special was the audience. About one out of every four people in the movie theater was singing along.

That was what made the movie for me. You felt like you weren't just watching a movie with your friends, you're watching a movie about your friends - it's pretty rare to find that kind of a connection with a movie's characters these days, and that was pretty special.

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