Amanda, Author at Can't Stop the Movies
Can't Stop the Movies

The Muppets (2011)

Amanda:  I wanted this movie to capture the humor and joy that The Muppets brought for me when I was a kid, and it just did not do that for me.  Maybe I was expecting too much, or I was holding it to a higher standard than I should, but this movie was not what I hoped for.

The bullet train pacing, the muddled plot points, the shifting focus (is the movie about the Muppets or about Jason Segal and the gang?), the dangling and incomplete story threads, and the underwhelming music (at least compared to previous Muppet movies0 left me feeling empty and incomplete.  The humor was funny and the guest stars were fun and enoyable, but the Muppets did not act like the Muppets I remember as a kid (Kermit has a mansion?  Fozzie is in dire straits), and the movie did not seem like a proper Muppet movie.  This movie was Jason Segal Presents: The Muppets.

Ryan:  Amanda, I come as a novice Muppet movie watcher.  I had seen parts of some of the movies and I, of course, knew who the Muppets were but I was not a huge fan unless they were on Sesame Street.  The movie worked for me because I did not have any preconceived notions of what a Muppet film could, or should, be.  The movie was made to reintroduce the film to a new generation and with that I think it succeeded very well because i enjoyed myself and my 5-year old daughter laughed throughout.  I did not really think it was paced that fast and the middle actually dragged for me a bit with all of the mopey Kermit-Miss Piggy romance drama.  My biggest gripe was I wished they would have gotten to the show a little faster and shown more of that.


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Duo Types of the 90’s

I noticed an interesting trend in movies during the ‘90s: The duo was back in full force. In order to really talk about this subject, I have to explain my definition of a duo in this context. For me to consider a movie a duo movie, the central characters in the movie have the strongest/most prevalent bond. There were plenty of movies that had a duo in it that I wanted to include on the list, but did not fit the definition. For example, Home Alone has the Water Bandits duo, but they play off the singular protagonist, Kevin, which means the movie is a trio. One could argue that the duo trend was still in effect because the main character could have been fighting against a singular antagonist, but that is opening up a big superfluous can of worms.

In no particular order, here are ten types of duos in the ‘90s. Note: these duos did not necessarily originate in the ‘90s, but were very widespread during the decade.

1. Female Friends Duo: Thelma and Louise, Fried Green Tomatoes. The movie has two strong female leads that are usually best friends and embark on a life-changing experience (or several experiences over time) together. Happiness of ending may vary.