Director: Brian Henson Cast: Michael Caine, Kermit the Frog, The Great Gonzo, Rizzo the Rat, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear
The Muppets take on starring roles in the classic Victorian Christmas tale, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Narrated by Gonzo and Rizzo, Michael Caine is the miserable Mr Scrooge, a mean old money lender who during one night faces the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, who try to change his attitudes.
This is an absolute cracker of a Christmas film. A Christmas Carol is one of the most famous Christmas stories ever, with themes of redemption, forgiveness and generosity, and the Muppets add heart-warming comedy to a story that is already almost perfectly festive. With the perfect blend of a classic Christmas tale and family entertainment (with jokes kids will love mixed in with some more subtle adult lines), this is a great Christmas movie. In terms of a downside, I’d say it’s a good thing that Michael Caine has mostly stuck to acting over singing, but personally I think that adds to the comedy value of the film; as a whole, I can’t fault it.
Would I recommend this film? Yes, absolutely- I can’t think of a person who wouldn’t enjoy it, with audiences of all ages having enjoyed The Muppet Show in one form or another at some point in their lives. It’s funny, witty, and inoffensive, and also sticks to the original book almost to the letter. A lovely festive classic.