A tidy little thriller that cuts a few too many corners to be a masterpiece, but is still highly effective at building tension and while it (mostly) avoids overextending its parenting metaphors.
Loses some of the zaniness of The Muppet Show, but the ramshackle direction plays well with the episodic road movie vibe. Luckily the silliness of the Show remains, alongside the meta jokes, which, nearly 40 years later, feel very contemporary.
The overflowing optimism and good-heartedness of Kermit and his pals, meanwhile, now feels like a dream that remains unrealized. Though it's certainly not the fault of the Muppets, whose songs are wonderful—none more so than the opener, the instant and forever classic "Rainbow Connection".
It's stuffed with maybe one too many ideas, as if first-time director Boots Riley thought he might never get to make another movie. If there's any justice, though, he will, because despite A LOT going on in this movie, so much of it is thrillingly fresh, unique and meaningful. I have been obsessed with the cast of Short Term 12 since I saw it, and LaKeith Stanfield continues to impress.
At the SIFF screening I saw, rapper/activist-turned-filmmaker Riley was there…