We’re nearly at the end of our BlogalongaMuppets journey and our penultimate stop is with Muppets from Space. This time round the literary adaptations have been abandoned, the Muppets are all living together and Gonzo is having an identity crisis. Just as Gonzo is wondering what he is, and where he came from, he starts to receive mysterious messages in his cereal and through his dreams suggesting an extraterrestrial connection. Naturally the government tries to kidnap Gonzo and he must escape in time to meet his relatives from beyond the stars.
This entire review could simply be a .gif of me slowly shaking my head in disgust. Muppets from Space does not feel like a Muppet movie and for the most part doesn’t even feel like a proper movie. The quality of film here is more on par with their TV-only fare like It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and is a far cry from The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island. The plot is weak, most Muppets are underused and there aren’t even any proper songs. No songs in a Muppet movie, the cheek of it!
While it is nice to have Jeffrey Tambor playing the token bad guy, and his bear sidekick was a good source of humour, this does not excuse the bizarre cameo from half the cast of Dawson’s Creek (in character but without Dawson himself) and the general lack of wit or intelligence. You can have as many clever movie references as you like but these cannot save the worst Muppet outing so far.
My final complaint is just how perverted the Muppets seem to have become. Every other Muppet made a sexual advance on one human or another and I’m sure at one point it was implied that Animal had sex with Kathy Griffin’s security guard, an image none of us want planted into our mind’s eye. Can’t we be satisfied with keeping the parents amused with a clever homage to Independence Day and not reduce the Muppets to sex pests?
Muppets from Space was a real disappointment, made all the worse for following the two strongest Muppet instalments. Watching it simply wasn’t fun, and fun is what the Muppets are all about. Thankfully Rizzo and his fellow rats were there to provide me with the occasional moment of comic relief. I love those little guys so much.
I think before you answer that question you’d better be real clear on the final destination of that finger.
Only one question remains, who is taking me to see The Muppets?
Muppet Movie Ranking:
1. The Muppet Christmas Carol
2. Muppet Treasure Island
3. The Muppets Take Manhattan
4. The Great Muppet Caper
5. The Muppet Movie
6. Muppets from Space