Yesterday was Thanksgiving that holiday in which we gorge ourselves with food, watch football, and hopefully remember what we’re thankful for. I’m thankful for quite a bit mainly that I have such a strong example of a woman in my mother, a great relationship with all of my siblings, and a supportive man in my life who also has a fantastic family. To add to my list, I have to say that I’m thankful for the older woman at the laundromat today who was kind enough to offer up 2 dryers with about 30 minutes left on each; not only did she not accept any quarters for her generosity, she picked the best dryers in the place, my clothes were dry in no time. Now that I’ve said what I’m thankful for I want to talk about the Muppet Movie and how awesome it was to jump off Thanksgiving weekend by seeing this movie with one of my girls the night before feast day.
I love, love, love The Muppets and always have from when I was a young kid. My favorite Muppet movies are the original Muppet Movie, Muppets Take Manhattan, Great Muppet Caper, Muppets in Space and now I can add this newest Muppet Movie installment. So let me set the scene: My home girl meets up with me at my place, we hang for a bit and then hit the street both giddy about seeing this movie on opening night and even better, seeing this movie on opening night without having to corral any kiddies. We cruise on over to The Avenue in White Marsh, buy our tickets and hit up Red Brick Station for martinis and dinner. After sharing an after-dinner smoke in the crisp evening air under the white lights of the Christmas tree in the square, we excitedly made our way back to the theater where we each got overpriced small sodas for $4.50. We then made our way inside where mercifully there were few children, mostly adults, and a choice of good seats. After sitting through one too many commercials and uninspired movie previews for children’s movies coming this summer, we were met with yet another delay, a Pixar short…normally I love their shorts but this one did nothing for me…finally after this short the Muppet Movie jumped off and I was blissfully cut off from the real world and entered into the fanciful musical world of the Muppets.
I would love to break the whole movie down, but since it just opened I don’t want to spoil it for anyone planning to see it. I can definitely say that this movie is more of a throwback to the original Muppet movies, particularly because this movie does not focus heavily on any of the newer characters who have been introduced in the past 10 years or so. This story essentially focuses on a man and a Muppet ‘finding’ themselves and along the way helping Kermit and crew rediscover themselves and reclaim Muppet Studios where all the Muppet Show magic took place.
Here are some of the things I geeked off of:
· Walter’s hair (Walter is the newest Muppet and brother of Jason Segel’s character)
· The Moopets especially Miss Poogy, Miss Piggy’s arch-nemesis (there’s always one)
· Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ being performed in the oddest manner
· Miss Piggy’s fly ass wigs and Chanel suit.
· The best song of the entire movie, ‘Am I Man or a Muppet’
If any of ya’ll go see the movie please let me know so we can ‘talk amongst ourselves’. Hope the remainder of everyone’s weekend is full of fun and relaxation. I’m back to editing some pieces for my graduate school portfolio and sipping on some scotch or wine (not sure what I’m feeling yet)…later I’ll be posted up watching some movies.