To be honest, sometimes I prefer seeing “family” films without the younger members of the family. Tall Paul’s kids were with their mom this weekend (although they spent Thanksgiving Day with us), and he and I went to the movies on Saturday and Sunday. Partly for that reason, I didn’t end up spending as much time reading as I expected to during my four days off, but one of the movies was based on a book…
Summary, via RottenTomatoes.com: On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.
As a nearly-lifelong Muppets fan–I watched the original Muppet Show when it was first-run TV, y’all!–I’ve missed them during the last several years, but I was highly skeptical about the news that they’d be making a “comeback” in a new film. I feared exploitation and misuse by a studio who didn’t really get what made them so great (Disney’s owned the Muppets for years, and at times it’s seemed like an odd match), and I expected I’d be avoiding The Muppets when it came to theaters.
Summary, via RottenTomatoes.com: Throughout his extraordinary career, Academy Award-wining director Martin Scorsese has brought his unique vision and dazzling gifts to life in a series of unforgettable films. This holiday season the legendary storyteller invites you to join him on a thrilling journey to a magical world with his first-ever 3-D film, based on Brian Selznick’s award-winning, imaginative New York Times best-seller, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.” Hugo is the astonishing adventure of a wily and resourceful boy whose quest to unlock a secret left to him by his father will transform Hugo and all those around him, and reveal a safe and loving place he can call home.