November 15, 2011

The Great Muppet Caper

Title: The Great Muppet Caper
Year: 1981
Length: 95 minutes
Director: Jim Henson
Writers: Tom Patchett, Jay Tarses, Jerry Juhl & Jack Rose
Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
With: Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Charles Grodin, Diana Rigg
Music: Joe Raposo
Cinematography: Oswald Morris
Editing: Ralph Kemplen
Oscars: nominated for Best Song ("The First Time It Happens")
I saw it: on video many times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Synopsis: incompetent journalists try to catch a jewel thief

My reaction
Concept: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Story: 1/4 (Bad)
Characters: 4/4 (Great)
Dialog: 4/4 (Great)
Pacing: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 3/4 (Good)
Music: 3/4 (Good). Most of the songs are very good, but a couple are horribly tedious.
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites, 4/4 5/4). The worst of the original Muppet trilogy, but that's not much of an insult. The identical twins jokes and the John Cleese bit are enough to make up for the several un-Muppet-y musical numbers.
Objective Rating (Average): 2.8/4 2.9/4 (Good)

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