12 Years a Slave (2013), Room for One More (1952) and Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

Since the Fall television schedule doesn’t start until later in the month I’ve had some time to catch up on some movie the past two weeks here are some more of them.

12 Years a Slave: Yes it won the Best Picture Oscar and was a nice put together movie, but I didn’t really like it that much. I think this was mostly because when I go see a movie I like to be entertained, but watching this movie they just seemed to pound the issue that slavery is bad over and over again. It also didn’t help that Brad Pitt got to play the helpful white person who helped Solomon. The story was good and it is nice to see this kind of story not lost to history but remembered for generation to come. As for the acting in the movie almost everyone disappeared in their roles with the exception of Brad Pitt who I felt stuck out like a sore thumb in the film, as he’s Brad Pitt.

Room for One More: I flipped on to this one while channel surfing one day and lo and behold TCM had another great movie on air. This one is about a family who have room for one more in their household. Cary Grant plays George Rose, the father and his wife Rose is played by Grant’s wife at the time Betsy Drake. Rose believes that there is always room for one more, she brings home a cat one day, believing it to be male, but it has kittens. A couple of days later she agrees to take in a girl, Jane, who has been in and out of foster homes but has had trouble staying, but Rose breaks through to her and soon she is a member of the family. Later on Rose agrees to take in a boy, Jimmy-John, as well. Jimmy-John also problems in his life, most notably he has leg braces and is also rough around the edges, but once again Rose breaks through and he joins the family as well. This is a great little find it’s a wonderful light movie and is thoroughly enjoyable.

Muppets Most Wanted: I have long been a fan of The Muppets, my favorite one of their film is The Muppets Take Manhattan. So I came into this already liking it. Now this film is like a cross between the Great Muppet Caper, Muppets take Manhattan and a heist movie.  The movie picks up right after the last one ended with a roaring song. This leads the the big question Kermit asks everyone what they should do not that they are famous again, there are some clever ideas, reunite and save the Muppet Theater from an oil tycoon, the plot of the last movie, was one of my favorite ideas. So they are approached by Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) to manage the group on help them on a European tour, but his intentions are not the greatest as he is planning something with Constantine the criminal mastermind, or Kermit with a mole, to steal the crown jewels. Constantine has recently escaped from a Russian Gulag and glues a mole on Kermit and uses green makeup to cover his mole. So they switch places. Constantine allows The Muppets to do whatever they want to do while he and Dominic are out stealing things around Europe. Animal is the only one to recognize that Kermit is not Kermit anymore but no one believes him. With Kermit in the Gulag we discover that the warden (Tina Fey) is obsessed with Kermit and doesn’t want him to leave. Constantine eventually agrees to marry Piggy, the one this that she has always wanted. Although I have always believed that Kermit and Piggy were already married in Muppets take Manhattan as it’s a real minister who presides over their vows in Manhattan Melodies. If you are a fan of The Muppets it’s a no brainer to see this movie, once again it is a clever look at some classic movie tropes and has some funny songs as well.


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