Friday, September 9, 2016

The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

An American musical comedy directed by Frank Oz, starring Jim Henson, Dave Goelz and Steve Whitmire.
The Muppets put on a musical show at their college graduation. Because the audience likes it so much, they go to New York City and try to get it on Broadway. After some initial difficulties, they split up and Kermit keeps trying to get a producer for the musical while working at a cafe.
This is EXACTLY as expected. The plot and characters were decent. I think that they were all acted very well and the dialogue seemed natural. The Greek cafe owner was hilarious with his nonsense lectures/pep-talks. I also liked the massive Sesame Street cameo in the wedding scene. The video was very good. It looked like it was carefully planned and everything worked right. There were some interesting scenes of Muppets interacting with human actors in unique ways. I imagine that the puppeteers had to get creative in these situations, but it all worked. The soundtrack was alright. I'm not really big on Broadway style musicals, so the music was not exactly what I would choose to listen to. The dialogue was very clearly audible and the foley sound effects were appropriate for the situation. Overall, you know what you're getting when you watch The Muppets. I rate this adequate.

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