Muppets from Space (1999) takes all the sarcastic silly humor of the old Muppet movies and brings these beloved creatures into a contemporary space. The heartfelt story centered around Gonzo's origins is endearing. The parables about family and uniqueness is sweet. Finally, the humor is so quick paced and funny that Muppets from Space is an easy watch.
Tim Hill's direction is simplistic and straight to the point. His shots build up a believable setting of the Muppets living in a home together. We are taken for a ride into the absurd all set to the excellent funk soundtrack, perfectly appropriate for Gonzo's weird and lovable attitude.
It's great to hear Dave Goelz as The Great Gonzo, Steve Whitmire as Kermit the Frog, Frank Oz as Miss Piggy and all the other wonderful Muppets like Fozzie Bear! The celebrity cameos are pretty neat with a surprising variety. From F. Murray Abraham's Noah to Katie Holmes as a UFO enthusiast, Muppets from Space keeps you on your toes. I like the performances from Andie MacDowell, Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes, and especially Jeffrey Tambor's role. Tambor back and forth with the Muppet characters is so realistic like he's really interacting with them. He's quite hilarious in Muppets from Space.
Unfortunately, alongside some dated CGI and special effects, there are a few characters that ruin a few moments in Muppets from Space. Rob Schneider is as dull and unfunny as ever. Kathy Griffin is so awkward and cringe inducing as a security guard. Lastly, Josh Charles is so strange and campy as a secret agent.
At the very least, Muppets from Space is a cute send up of alien contact films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and prison break movies such as The Shawshank Redemption or Escape from Alcatraz. It is a joyous adventure that I hope more families find out about now.