The Muppets!

So, I saw a good movie yesterday, nay, a great movie.

So, I’m here in Washington on vacation, and I drag my sister and mom to the theater to watch it. I’ve grown up on the muppets, from Sesame Street, to their decades-old films, to watching The Muppet Christmas Carol last year in school. So, yes, I was excited before I went to the theater, and had high expectations.

But once I saw it, it fufilled all my expectations. The story mirrored what the actor/writer/director Jason Segel went through in getting the muppets back up and running.

And everything what just the way I remember:

The dance numbers

The celebrity guests

The drama between Kermit and everyone (okay, this one’s new. Kermit wasn’t his usual arm-flailing self. He gave up easily and was melancholy for most of the movie.)

The cameos of one-off characters that you would only notice because you watched all the movies.

Everything was pretty much awesome as a whole.

There’s perhaps one more reason that I enjoyed it. Muppets are at the critical point in their nostalgia curve. You hit the peak once the generation that grew up with you is in the 18-25 range, or has young kids that will enjoy them. (Graph to follow) The muppets are at the point that most of us that grew up with them have not seen them for enough time, that any scrap of what comes after is lauded.

In short, good movie, glad that a crucial piece from my childhood is back.

If Your Friends Don’t Dance…

This is something that has bugged me for some time.

You have a movie that has two sides, fighting for whatever reason. = Good.

Both sides come to some mutual resolution and learn to not hate each other. = Good.

Right before the closing credits, all the characters have a dance party instead of an epilogue, or any closing comments. = THE WORST THING EVER.

Seriously, when you have a movie, take the time to write five lines of dialogue at the end. Even if it’s narration, or a Stand By Me style epilogue. But for everything that you hold dear, don’t make your characters just start dancing with each other because you are too lazy to finish the movie.

Notable examples: Shrek, Gnomeo and Juliet, Despicable Me, Tropic Thunder. I’m sure there’s more, but I try not to watch bad movies.

So, what WAS in the box? Review of: Se7en

Se7enSo, I watched Se7en for the first time last week. In short, I did like it, but I’m not sure I know why it’s hailed as a classic.

I’ll admit, the horror genre isn’t really one that I explore very often. I’m not really a fan of scary movies, tons of gore, or jump scenes. So when I watch something that has all three, I tend to step back and not get really into the movie.

However, I let myself get into this one. Mostly because the plot seemed to turn at a few moments, but also because I did get a little lost. I’ll admit, I did not have the patience to pay too close attention. It just seemed to drag on and on. (Sorry David Fincher).

But, when the third act started, when Kevin Spacey turns himself in, then I woke up and realized that everything in the plot did get tied up just perfectly. The antagonist was written perfectly, and had planned everything, even when and where everything happened. Maybe not terribly realistic, but still cool. And I know that it was a traumatic moment, but Brad Pitt’s line, “What’s in the box?” was funny.

Speaking of actors, it was a bit of an experience waching a movie knowing where their careers head. This film ws a vehicle to hoist him to A-list status, yet he still performs amazingly. Morgan Freeman still played the older man type character, but with a blend of a tough cop. I’m not sure anyone else could work it like he could.

Summary: Two great actors, decent story that gets better the more you watch, and I have to watch Fight Club three times as penance for not enjoying this movie to the fullest.