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Muppets From Space [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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The Muppets are back in the hilarious family comedy MUPPETS FROM SPACE, an action-packed adventure about the search for Gonzo's past! Will Kermit, Miss Piggy and Fozzie be able to rescue their beloved friend? If so, will Gonzo choose to stay on earth with the friends he has always known and loved, or join his family on the mother ship? Produced in the Muppets style that generations have come to love, this all-singing, all-dancing comedy follows the entire Muppet cast on a truly unforgettable journey that the whole family will enjoy.
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This one, Muppets from Space, begins well and has a reasonably good but slightly emotionally cliched ending (will the Great Gonzo having discovered he is not originally of this world choose to stay here with his friends? You can probably guess the answer).
There are also scenes meant to echo scenes from some famous films including Close Encounters of the Third Kind (or was it ET?) and the definitely not child film The Shawshank Redemption. Some people seem to find it clever and funny just to have Muppets act a similar scene to one in a well known film although to me it needs something more than that to be funny.
In between the plot involves human scientists kidnapping Gonzo for research. This part is not bad but not brilliantly original overall, and suffers from the problem with most other Muppet films I have seen that the Muppets work better when they let humans into their world rather than vice versa.
Muppet films and TV shows are lively, have strong characters and are visually interesting, but are less good on plot, except when they are able to use great stories already written by someone else (e.g. Charles Dickens & Robert Louis Stevenson) that can be envigorated by the Muppets; so if you have not already seen any of their films, see The Muppet Christmas Carol [DVD]and Muppet Treasure Island [DVD](or if you have already seen them once, see them again and you will still enjoy them).
Muppets from Space on the other hand has some interest, but is not a 'must see'.
I can't start anywhere describing this. My son (who can do voices sometimes better than the originals) only had to say "cunningly disguised as a cement factory" at one stage and I wouldn't be able to breathe for about ten minutes without howling with laughter. The movie as an entirety is so far off the scale that nothing I can write can possibly do justice to this.
OK, OK, you win. Calm down a bit. Gonzo - this strange little character with the nose has some alien cousins, who eventually catch up with him, but we spend a lot of the film catching up with secret government organisations run by a bear (I must say, the most improbable bear I have ever seen, but that's the fun of it), a TV news channel highjacked by a certain pig, and what might be arguably the best pop video EVER, of a tune called Brick House which I have seen no less than thirty times over the last five years and each time I know I'm not ever, EVER going to get as good as that... Followed of course by mice on steroids, Cosmic fish, medical students and talking sandwiches. Though possibly not in that order.
It's a major act of certifiable insanity, one thing after another, but to top it all; and this is incredible, just as it was with their earlier "Christmas Carol"; tremendously warm and deeply touching.
It's bizzare that such a film goes right to the heart and says so many beautiful things in such bold letters about what it means to be alone, and yet not - to be loved, and what it means to belong; and it suddenly rushes at you like a locomotive out of control and hits you. I've seen this goodness knows how many times and still don't see this coming.
Worse awaits. If all the above was not enough, the commentary track will kill you. Several familiar voices appear (in character) and it's a bit stiff for all of five minutes while they get settled, and then it starts. Oh my, you might have to take a break or two. These guys - they never stop. not EVER! IT is almost too much - the comment about the moose ("not being a decaptitated moose, he was just standing the other side of the wall") and you realise that this thing works because of the absolute unrepressed genius of these people. They never take time off! They must be like this ALL THE TIME!
And at the end of all this, it's still the Muppets. Over here, calling someone a "Muppet" is a vague kind of insult; but as far as I'm concerned, sign me up.
Gonzo finds out that he's actually an alien, however when a shadowy government agency finds out about this, the rest of the gang must rescue Gonzo from governmental clutches.
Featuring the best new cast members from Muppet Show revival Muppets Tonight (Bobo the bear and Pepe the King Prawn) as well as classic characters like Kermit, Fozzie and Miss Piggy, this is really very funny, and despite not being a musical has a fantastic funk soundtrack!
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