Joel's 100 Films in 2015: The Great Muppet Caper

8. The Great Muppet Caper watched 1/18/15 Hey, a movie!

While Fozzie and Kermit may not look like twins at first glance, give it a second look and you'll notice the resemblance. That's sort of the situation with this film and The Muppet Movie.

There two ways to make a muppet movie. You can tell a story about the muppets doing muppety things as themselves (The Muppet Movie, Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppets, A Very Merry Muppet Christmas, The Muppet Show, Muppets Tonightand, arguably Muppet Babies) or, you recast them in a story and play it as if it's not weird that half the cast is made up of anthropomorphic animals and awfully-fuzzy oddly-colored people (Muppet Treasure Island, Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppets Most Wanted and here in The Great Muppet Caper).

Both of these strategies have their advantages and their disadvantages. They also tend to have different fans amongst the Muppet faithful. Me? I like them all. I understand intellectually that there are good Muppet movies and bad ones. But I never end a Muppet movie (or the made for TV variety) without a big smile on my face.

That's not true for everything from the Star Wars franchise. Or Disney movies. Or the Bond series. Or even the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Only Pixar and the Muppets are still batting .1000 with me on cinematic smiles. And that counts for a lot.

It's not the triumph that The Muppet Movie was (comedically or cinematically) but it's got it's moments, that'll make you feel all Muppetty inside.

4 stars.