April 5th, 2014

krazy koati

There exist in England living creatures much the same as me and you

Last weekend we got to the movies again, specifically to Muppets Most Wanted, because we didn't quite feel up to Grand Budapest Hotel just yet. After we got going, to a late afternoon showing, we remembered we were going to a late-afternoon showing of a children's movie, which has been unpleasant in the past. We got seats that weren't too near groups of anyone too young or noisy.

We liked the movie, a good deal. It started off with a bang, the Muppets as at the end of the last film discovering the cameras are still filming and doing a big song number about having to do a sequel, and it carries on like that. The movie didn't try for the sort of emotional center that The Muppets a couple years ago did, which probably is why it ends up being funniest when the plot is moving rapidly instead of paying attention to characters. That new Muppet Walter appears, but, boy, despite being relevant to the plot he still hasn't really got many distinguishing features.

There's some random loose bits. The plot involves Kermit being replaced with an impostor, and most of the Muppets are oblivious to this swap because that's the funny approach. There's an exception, though, in Animal noticing the swap right away; but, apart from a few grunts of ``bad frog'' he doesn't really do anything about this until other Muppets catch on. It feels like a running gag got lost somewhere in the production.

The movie also has a short, which surprised us. It's based on Monsters University although I can't figure how it's supposed to fit into the movie's timeline (either during or after the film). But it's got a good bit of playing with the transdimensional doors, so that its slightly too-short nature, and plot that doesn't quite build elaborately enough, is fun.

Trivia: There were thirteen telegraph instruments on display at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Source: The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's Online Pioneers, Tom Standage.

Currently Reading: The General : David Sarnoff and the Rise of the Communications Industry, Kenneth Bilby.

PS: Can You Be As Clever As Dirac For A Little Bit, as being as clever as him all the time would be pretty much a stretch. I wasn't up to it, myself, but here's a puzzle where you might be.