"The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you." Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
Procrastination Theatre: August 2, 2012
I’m going to make this brief because I think a movie like this should be experienced rather than analyzed. I’ll just say this: I, generally, get frustrated with limited narrative/perspective movies, especially through the eyes of a child. I was a child once. My eyes were not that limited. And, finally, neither are Hushpuppy’s.
This is a beautiful, vibrant film about New Orleans, childhood, love, and strength. Go see it. It somehow isn’t maudlin or sentimental. It just isn’t.
I will say that I just want to watch the scene with the beasts, and the scene where someone makes Hushpuppy fried alligator, over and over again for quite a while.
Procrastination Theatre: November 25, 2011
Oh, right. We saw this. And it was amazing.
I’m so glad they’re back. I understand why it took a little while. Losing Jim Henson is not something you can easily get over - the man was the spirit and soul of the Muppets. But what I think is so beautiful about The Muppets (and props for this, Jason Segel) is that it suggests that even though Jim Henson is gone, the Muppets are a part of us now, and we can keep them alive together. We can all collectively be their spirit, because we’ve grown up with them and we all, I think, have a very special spot for them inside our hearts. And anyway, I thought that was lovely.