Muppets from Space (1999) Jeffrey Tambor, F. Murray Abraham, Rob Schneider, Josh Charles, Ray Liotta, David Arquette, Andie MacDowell, Kathy Griffin Movie Review

Muppets from Space (1999)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Muppets from Space (1999)

Gonzo Thinks He's ALF

Gonzo is struggling not only with not knowing what he really is but also being one of a kind, leading to him being a bit down. But one morning in the Muppet house he believes his cereal is communicating with him and telling him to look to the skies. But with Gonzo starting to believe he is an extra terrestrial he comes to the attention of a covert government agency who end up taking him and best friend Rizzo prisoner. Now it is up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help him find his real family whilst Rizzo sets about escaping from being a Lab Rat.

I've always had a love hate thing going on with "Muppets from Space" ever since I watched it back in 1999 and it means whilst I have watched it a few times it is always the same thing which amuses me. Now to clear that ambiguity up let me start with what I dislike about "Muppets from Space" and that is the storyline of Gonzo trying to contact aliens whilst a secret government agency wants Gonzo. For me whilst it is a decent vehicle for a lot of gags and of course cameos from various celebrities the storyline itself is not that entertaining.

Muppets from Space (1999)

But as I said the storyline in "Muppets from Space" is a decent vehicle for a lot of Muppet comical creativity starting with the Muppet house where they queue for the bathroom, Rizzo the Rat uses a mouse trap to do some exercise and Miss Piggy walks around with a face mask on whilst the Swedish chef, well he is in the kitchen. But after this amusement there is a whole lot more from Miss Piggy getting to use her karate skills on a government agent to loads of clever dialogue which brings out the child in any grown up who watches this. In fact if I think about it "Muppets from Space" is probably more entertaining for grown ups than it is kids due to the humour.

On top of that it feels like the team behind "Muppets from Space" have looked at the formula for their movies and turned up the dial with more famous faces showing up in a variety of roles from Rob Schneider appearing as a TV producer to Josh Charles as a shades wearing government agent. And pretty much every cameo has the desired comic effect with all the actors having fun in the scenes they share with the Muppets.

What this all boils down to is that "Muppets from Space" is packed with a lot of laughs and lots of what you expect from a Muppet movie. But for me the storyline just didn't work as anything other than a vehicle for all the creativity and comedy.