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The Muppets

Was it worth seeing? Yes. And no. It was good, and it wasn’t. It’s not every film that features a singing cheese sandwich. But sometimes musical food isn’t enough.

As with most things, if you are a real fan, there is always something which can be salvaged. So it was good to see the old Muppets again. It had been too long. But I didn’t care all that much about human Gary or – dare I say it? – new muppet Walter. The will was there, but not very much more.

Miss Piggy and Kermit

Mr Richman and friends

The cameos were fun. Would have been more fun still if I’d known who they all were. Possibly not their fault, but cameos want to be totally recognisable famous people.

The plot was worthy enough, and the bits where the Muppets find each other and get started on working again were just what a fan wants. The show they put together wasn’t terribly good, however. It was there to raise money, and it did, so presumably the show was supposed to be a highlight? If it was meant to be so bad it was good, then it needed to be bad a lot better. It’s as if they decided it was going to be funny, but forgot – or were incapable of – making it so.

(Back in my student days, the writing was great enough that it was used as examples of linguistics in my university lectures.)

On the other hand, the good bits were very enjoyable, even if a long abstinence might have helped to make me feel that way. I hope if there is less opportunity for abstinence in the near future, that we can have something with a far better script.

The Muppets