Muppets Haunted Mansion
Muppets Haunted Mansion (2021)
So Muppets Haunted Mansion is a new Disney+ original that sees Gonzo of the Muppets, along with pepe the King Prawn, take on a challenge to spend the night in The Haunted Mansion, being the same Disney ride Haunted Mansion that had that terrible Eddie Murphey adaptation that one time. The special was released on Disney+ earlier this month to a warm reception, but not a very loud one…
Now I am a Muppets fan, but a selective one. I think that, when it comes to the feature films and specials, the most focused the story, the better and funnier the result. Sufficed to say, I wasn’t big on this. I get that the concept lends itself to an entertaining hour, and it’s not not entertaining! But Muppets Haunted Mansion never lives up to even the potential comedy of, well, most other Muppets properties.
Speaking of comedy, there are a few solid jokes to be had! Tack on some nostalgia that I will get back to and it wasn’t an hour poorly spent. But two out of every three jokes at least landed with a thud rather than a laugh or even a chuckle. Sure cheesy jokes and puns are a usual for Muppets, but they often work because Muppets are allowed to feel silly. So explaining every single one of your jokes? Yeah that gets really old.
Now despite the special focusing on Gonzo and Pepe, there are a ton of Muppets cameos from past properties that was surprisingly sentimental. In fact the entire special really aims to be nostalgic, which works fairly well. Unfortunately nostalgia can’t really carry the story alone. The rest of the story is held together by Will Arnett’s admirable effort to drive a theme while Taraji P. Henson claims the cumulative screentime that is usually (and in this case should be) divvied up between a host of celebrity cameos.
So if nostalgia can carry Muppets movie for you where story and humor can’t, come for the musical numbers and stay for one of the most terrifying visuals I’ve seen all year. If you are like me however, Muppets are at their best striking a balance, which this does not. The comedy isn’t that great, and the callbacks are few and far between. On top of that, this film fails to live up to being a Haunted Mansion film too! Overall, it was an hour that was spent. It wasn’t poorly spent, but it wasn’t well spend either. 5/10.
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-review by Ryan Prince