As a moviegoing populace, we love origin stories. From the sublime Batman Begins to those damnable Star Wars prequels, filmmakers want to explore the beginnings of pop culture's heroes and villains. That desire is at the heart of The Muppet Movie, Jim Henson's first full-length to feature his lovable, googly eyed creations. The plot is simple, but like all the best buddy movies, the road is long: A banjo-playing frog hooks up with a wisecracking bear in a Studebaker, and the pair sets out for Hollywood, meeting all manner of fuzzy friends and famous faces along the way. The Muppets are always great, but the cameos make the film a classic: Steve Martin appears as a lederhosen-clad waiter, Mel Brooks appears as a mad scientist, and Orson Welles makes the Muppets rich and famous as a studio exec. The Muppet Movie is part of Frontyard Features' roving outdoor screenings and will be shown in Lindenwood Park (Jamieson Avenue and Lindenwood Place). The event is free and the movie starts at sunset (around 8:30 p.m., if you fancy precision in your life), and you can visit fyfstl.com for more information.
Fri., June 4, 2010