Today I saw Muppets Most Wanted at El Capitan, the swank-ass Disney-owned theater in Los Angeles. The screening began with a cool pre-show, featuring a live performance from Kermit and Miss Piggy, which was a delight. This was followed by a funny enough opening short, featuring the characters from Monsters University. After that came the main event, and it was OK.
My main problem with the movie was that it was really cliche. I expected them to spin one of the many cliches they were using, but they never did. For example, they did the Spartacus ending that every kids’ movie is doing for some reason, and while Mr. Peabody and Sherman put an original spin on it, this movie played it straight. Then again, maybe I’ve been spoiled from watching too much Rick
and Morty
.
Rick and Morty, you see, is a show based entirely upon destroying cliches. In one episode, the Devil tries to pull a fast one on Rick, and just when he thinks he’s won, it turns out that Rick legitimately doesn’t give a fuck. One episode makes fun of how tv shows make everything go back to normal by having Rick and Morty destroy the world, then go to a universe where they saved the world and then died, and resumed their lives in the place of their doppelgängers. I like shows like that that are built around concepts rather than characters or scenarios. Nowadays, the only person who seems to be doing that is Dan Harmon. That’s why his two shows (Rick and Morty and Community) are among the best shows on TV.
But hands down, my favorite episode of Rick and Morty is “Rixty Minutes.” Basically, the episode is about Rick creating a device that allows his family to watch TV shows from all conceivable universes, since Earth C-137 (the Earth they live on) TV kinda sucks. This sounds like it’d lead to some wacky hijinks, right? Instead, it leads to two amazo-fantastic subplots. One of them was made possible by the excellence of Justin Roiland, who voices not only both title characters, but all the characters shown on parallel universe TV. He also improvised all of them. He improvises a lot of his dialogue, but it’s amazing to watch him improvise like, five characters at a time.
The other involves Morty’s parents looking at themselves in parallel universes. One’s a surgeon and the other’s a movie star. The twist is that in all those universes, their daughter is aborted. Ultimately, Morty convinces her to stay by showing her his own grave (this was after the episode where they destroyed the world). I love how they brought back the plot point, since in real life, nothing goes away forever.
So, I give Rick and Morty an A+. It’s probably my favorite show on TV right now, besides maybe Louie. I’ll be reviewing Transcendence on Saturday, followed by reviews of Amazing Spoderman 2 and Neighbors.
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