And the Oscar has never gone to…Muppet Treasure Island

     Jim Hawkins is a young orphan living with two friens in an inn in England. He dreams of sea voyages and the boy only has the tales of Billy Bones to hang on to. Bones tells him the stories of his adventures in the high seas and he tells the tale of when he and his Captain burried their treasure in a remote island and killed the crew. The story turned out to be even truer than fiction as Bones received the dreaded ‘black spot’ and dies from a heart attack, giving Jim the map. The boys are hunted down by pirates and they make their way into a harbor to find a ship and a crew to set sail. They meet a half-wit squire who funds the voyage and hire a ship called the Hispaniola for the voyage. They set off in search of Treasure Island under the command of Capt. Abraham Smollet and a strange looking crew hired by the one legged cook, Long John Silver. Jim had been told that Silver was up to no good but Jim saw no harm in him and they became fast friends, but not everything that shines is gold…or rather, Silver…

 

    I think I’ve said this before, I’m a big kid at heart. I love kid’s movies. Not all of them though…there are some I really just will never watch but anything pertaining to something I grew up with, I’ll most likely see. That was the case for this Muppets movie. After seeing their latest flick last fall, one of my best friends decided to go further into nostalgia by giving me this movie. I’d already seen it back when I was a kid but now that I saw it again, it gave me an even bigger appreciation for it.

     The movie’s main roles are all played by human actors, in this case Silver is played by Tim Curry and he does a great job at it. I’ve always thought that Tim Curry is a great actor, most people remember him from Rocky Horror Picture Showwhile I remember him in Annie. He does such a good job with his role as Silver and it was a joy seeing him act like a pirate. To me he’s one of the stand out actors of the film.

     The Muppets in this film all take secondary roles to Jim and Silver but even then, their charm and humor do shine. Fozzy is as half-witted as ever, Beaker always ends up getting blown up or hurt, Rizzo decides to make money off his trip and Sam the Eagle plays a really bad first mate. Kermit’s bad temper is really noticeable and him and Miss Piggy are the star crossed lovers that they always are.

     The music is great and the setting well, it’s not the best since they’re Muppets in a boxed set, but it’s still widely entertaining. It may be a kid’s movie but it’s still a great film that one should see if not for the great actor Curry is, for the real entertainment value of the film. Especially if you’re a Muppets fan like myself!

13 thoughts on “And the Oscar has never gone to…Muppet Treasure Island

      1. I still stick to 4 stars but I want to say that I think it’s great how you mentioned other movies Tim Curry had been in, your thinking about the reader,about how maybe we don’t know who Tim curry is, your descriptions are honest yet funny and I like that you explained why you think the film is worth watching.

  1. I’m not really into kids movies, and I didn’t really grew up watching the muppets so I’m deffinetly not a fan. But since I’m going to be an elementary english teacher, good movies like this are good to know because I can make lesson plans involving them. Sounds like a really interesting movie an elementary student would like so I have to check it out.
    5/5 for good review and movie description.

  2. I don’t really like “the muppets” at all since my childhood, but I think your review is excellent. The way you described it gives me the curiosity to see how is the film. But we will see or I will see. Excellent work! Five out of five stars for your work (5/5).

  3. I thought I had written a reply, but I guess not. Your review is well written and gives us information about many aspects of the movie: characters, design and so forth. For this review I would give you a 4 out of 5.

  4. I will be honest, I am not a big fan of movies where there are muppets and humans. But the way you described the movie is great. You captured my attention by writing about the action that occurs in the movie. You then describe the characters and do this very good. You write well and give a good summary of the events of the movie. I give you a four out of five stars.

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