Unfortunately no muppet movie can ever be a TRUE muppet movie without Jim Henson, but this is certainly a better effort than the last two. It certainly felt like it fit the muppet formula. I've always loved the muppets, and I tried to find the good parts in the last two movies but I really just didn't enjoy them much. Unfortunately I didn't really enjoy this one all that much either, but at least I can recognize that its a lot more like the originals, with lots of cameos and a more similar plot to the first one.The sucking out gonzo's brain scene reminded me of mel brooks frying kermit's brain in the original. Normally i frown upon completely derivative movies but as long as its A. a kids movie and B. within the same franchise, its alright, just look at star wars episode 1 :)
Is this a movie that adults can enjoy just as much as kids? No, not really, unless the adults are really TRYING to recapture their youth, then it should work okay. I just couldn't watch this without constantly comparing it to the original muppet movie, which has always been my favourite. This one just felt a lot more flashy I think, seemed to go awfully fast too. There really weren't any amazing "how did they do that?!" kind of scenes like when all the muppets were riding bikes in the second movie I think it was? That just blew me away the first time I saw it, really made you think that if these puppets could ride bikes, maybe they could come over to your house and play baseball with you or something. I guess the whole outer space gonzo aliens theme made them feel more attached from humans.
But who cares, it's a muppet movie, as long as the kids who see it like it, then it served its purpose. And who wouldn't mind hearing kids going around spouting catch phrases like "WOMAN WOMAN WOMAN!!" instead of all the kids I heard after Rush Hour repeating "what's up, my nigga?" *ugh*If you like the muppets you'll probably want to see it, but then you'll probably rent the original because you know there's no substitute :)