Love Actually wasn’t the only holiday classic I had been neglecting. When my friend found out I had never seen The Muppet Christmas Carol, she set out to change that. After our first merry movie marathon of the season, I’m happy to say that I finally understand the love for this classic film.
It’s the same story we all know. Scrooge’s work partner passes away and his greed is left to wreak havoc. Three ghosts appear and take him on a journey of self-discovery to learn the true meaning of Christmas. But this time, the Muppets get their turn to spice things up.
I think one of my favorite things about this movie is the fact that it’s a musical. It would be a bit odd if the Muppets didn’t fill this with their own show tunes. The opening number reminds me of a wildly happier version of “At the End of the Day” from Les Mis. It’s a grand opening that starts the film off with a bang. The only song I find that lulls is “When Love is Gone.” I wasn’t swept away by the romance in general so I used this song as quick social media break from the movie.
I think having two narrators for this flick was a fun choice. I loved getting a break form the plot and watching Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat argue or crack a joke. Their humor was self-aware and would even make fun of the story itself.
I had a lot of fun playing the “which Muppet will be who” game. My favorite surprise was Statler and Woldorf playing Marley and Marley. I thought having two Marley characters was a great idea and they could only be played by these sarcastic old men. I enjoyed the Christmas Past party scene where we could see the majority of the Muppets all together. I loved Fozzie Bear as the employer and I always look forward to seeing Swedish Chef.
I will say, there were some times where I wish there had been more Muppet magic. I think the first ghost was a letdown for me as she was a creepy angel-like creature. I also found her to be scarier than the Ghost of Christmas to Come, who was unfortunately also not a Muppet.
Of course, this story wouldn’t have been as enjoyable if not for Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit and Michael Caine as Scrooge. It was neat to see Caine as a slightly younger actor than I’m used to. Kermit played a sweet Cratchit who demanded sympathy for Tiny Tim. I even got misty-eyed during Kermit’s scene after Tiny Tim had passed away.
I didn’t think this version of A Christmas Carol would be as touching as it is. With the amount of cute comedy and wit that comes along with everything the Muppets do, It’s also the most enjoyable version of this movie. What is usually a dull traditional Christmas movie now has a fun alternative.
What do you think of this movie? Do you prefer the older versions, like my father does? Or do you prefer this musical Muppet rendition? As always, if you have any recommendations, let me know. See you soon!