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It's not half bad. No, it's all bad!
on 12 September 2016
Version I saw: UK DVD release (box set)
Photography/visual style: 5/10
A frankly somewhat disappointing second entry in the Muppets' cinematic canon. Jim Henson & Co's follow-up to 1979's 'The Muppet Movie', it does not have it's predecessor's wit, sharpness or heart. The celebrity cameos aren't as good either, and the high water mark would be Joan Rivers, were it not for the bemusing nature of her inexplicable scene.
In some ways, it is not fair to compare MTM to the better instalments such as 'The Muppets Christmas Carol' and the second-but-most-recent 'The Muppets'. This film harks back more to the television series, with the plot taking a back seat through a large portion of the running time to a sequence of (not very good) musical performances and comedy sketches. Unfortunately, that doesn't really work for cinema-length pacing. By the time the plot came around again, the friends I watched it with had lost interest, and the fairly satisfying conclusion could not redeem it for them.
Fortunately, Kermit and his cohort can afford to spend a bit of good will on a miss. Good will is the one thing the Muppets have always generated in plentiful supply...
For my full review, see my independent film blog on Blogspot, Cinema Inferno: [...]