After hosting last month, which was fun, I'll also be glad to get back to just watching. This month looks…
Muppet Treasure Island
Set sail for Muppet mayhem!
After telling the story of Flint's last journey to young Jim Hawkins, Billy Bones has a heart attack and dies just as Jim and his friends are attacked by pirates. The gang escapes into the town where they hire out a boat and crew to find the hidden treasure, which was revealed by Bones before he died. On their voyage across the seas, they soon find out that not everyone on board can be trusted.
The second Muppet adaptation of a classic novel, this one takes the viewer into the world of Robert Louis Stevenson's famous tale.
Things I Liked:
- It's the Muppets!
- The source material is good.
Things I Didn't Like:
- Tim Curry, who is usually wonderful in roles that allow him to ham it up, seems bored here.
- The swashbuckling scenes, of which there were far too few, weren't nearly as much fun as they should have been.
- The annoying kid; that role should have been played by one of the muppets.
- The songs were bland.
- The film was sorely lacking the cameo roles that were such an integral part of the classic Muppets…
Eschewing the formula of movie star cameos, delightfully bad jokes, and meta sensibilities found in the first three Muppet films, Brian Henson's "Muppet Treasure Island" continues a two-film cycle of literary adaptations featuring the famous, felt characters. This time, Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" is narrative fodder for muppeteered weirdos, rats, frogs, bears, and pigs. The resulting film is colorful and fun but may not rank with the very best Muppet cinematic outings.
The story here sticks closely to Stevenson's classic text. There are treasure maps, pirates, and various adventurers adventuring. The Muppets fill supporting roles while the protagonist/antagonist relationship is filled by live, human actors. Relegating the Muppets to the background makes for an uneasy balance between story beats…
RIP Dead Tom
"Dead Tom's dead! Long John SHOT HIM!"
"...But Dead Tom's always been dead. That's why he's called Dead Tom."
Too long for a Muppet movie, also their isn't enough of their signature humor.
Muppet Treasure Island wasn't my first exposure to The Muppets, but it was my first time to see them on the big screen, back in 1996. I enjoyed the film enough that I went back to see it a second time. Rizzo the Rat, Sam the Eagle, and Sweet'ums all steal the show - which ain't easy in a film with Tim Curry hamming it up as Long John Silver!
This was the first time I'd seen the movie since those two theatrical screenings eighteen years ago. It came up in conversation at a friend's birthday dinner, so we retired to her house and streamed it. I was happy to find it still entertaining, and perhaps happier to find it…
Nachdem "Die Muppets Weihnachtsgeschichte", der erste Film mit den quirligen Puppen nach dem Tod von Erfinder Jim Henson, ein einziges Werk der Liebe geworden war und auch noch den Geist der Romanvorlage von Charles Dickens intakt halten konnte, gelang dies bemerkenswerterweise auch mit der nächsten Adaption. Diesmal wurde Robert Louis Stevensons Abenteuerroman "Die Schatzinsel" mit Kermit & Co. neu aufgelegt und wie bei der Weihnachtsgeschichte sparte man sich die exzessiven Cameoauftritte bekannter menschlicher Stars, sondern gruppierte die Muppets um einen einzigen Prominenten. Schaffte es Michael Caine im Vorgänger, auch im Angesicht von sprechenden Fröschen die Integrität seiner Figur Scrooge nicht dem Spektakel zu opfern, fügt sich hier Tim Curry als Long John Silver äußerst harmonisch ins Gesamtbild ein. Der Mann, der selbst wie ein Muppet daherkommt, reißt jede Szene an sich und überstrahlt oft sogar seine kuscheligen Co-Stars. Allein das ist schon eine ungeheure Leistung.
Kind of a different Muppet film with most of the Muppets in various roles of this classic tale. I don't recall seeing Rowlf or Scooter, but I think every other Muppet gets solid time in the film.
There wasn't a lot of human cameos like they usually do in these films, and the few human characters weren't very impressive. Curry has hammed it up better in other films...Congo....and Connolly is not in it very long. And that kid came off annoying for the most part. He just has an annoying face.
The songs were okay and the story was an easy watch.
I'll watch Muppets in anything. Just waiting on Muppet Les Miserables.
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It's great to see Tim Curry in a musical again, but God were the mid-90's Muppets depressing to watch.
I definitely like Tim Curry playing a villain, teetering along the lines of good.
This was not one of the highly-regarded Muppets movies, yet it was a decent buccaneering pirate adventure which Brian Henson adequately helm as the director.
For a while I thought it was Jonathan Brandis in the lead role as young Jim Hawkins, till I heard the voice.
This movie showed Sam Eagle could be an underrated Muppet, lost in the usual suspects.
I also like how Miss Piggy was off-screen for almost two-thirds of the movie.
One of my childhood favorites.
La subtrama de las ratitas en el crucero. El punto álgido del cine.
MARGARITAS CON UN BUEN ATRACÓN.
Like most Muppet movies its good silly fun.
(Last Updated: 31 January 2016)
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