The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The opening shot of the rooftops and our journey over them is genuinely one of the most impressive shots in any film. No I won't calm down. Watch it again and tell me I'm wrong, chump.

Michael Caine escapes from the (alleged) attick and delivers such a great performance. The decision to be 100% serious with no winks to the audience was the right one. The film manages to hit all the emotional beats even with a cast full of wisecracking puppets and I think most of that has to do with Caine being such a good anchor.

The songs have a bit of a school play quality which keeps them from being Disney-level classics but it's very charming. The good-natured spirit of The Muppets just smashes through any cynicism and I love them for that.

My heart goes out to those two extras who reach a painted background and have to stop and stand still while facing it until the shot ends.

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