“It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to freak out over my plush childhood heroes on screen, all over again!
I’ve grown up with those felt friends, and was very much excited to see them on screen again. Much of the same magic was back. They were cute. They were sassy. They were tongue in cheek and self aware. They made me laugh just as much as they did when I was little, although the jokes that got me this time wouldn’t have been the ones that would have gotten me then. (Do you really think a six year old will catch that Seventh Seal reference?) The cameos were abundant and excellent. Whodda thunk that the logical follow up to winning two Oscars for working with Quentin Tarantino would be to dance with Sweetums? Plus lots more fun names that I’d rather not spoil.
My one biggest gripe was that my homeboy and favorite Muppet, Rizzo the Rat, was pretty much left out again. There was one joke with him that was a bit too on the nose, but I miss him.
Among the other things I loved, Tina Fey was perfect casting, at least as far as vibing with the Muppets. She may have overdone it a bit, but I adore her, so she’s allowed to. I also really liked that Sam Eagle got a bigger role than usual. Nice change, showcasing a beloved character who is usually in the background.
While I was laughing hysterically at the theater, it didn’t really stick with me as much as I’d have liked. Nothing wrong with that, but is it too much to ask for more? Okay, one particular Broadway number did stick with me, but I can’t help feel that it was overall fairly superficial.
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