Ahoy Me Mateys Captain Cats here! This past weekend The Nightrider and I went to see The Happytime Murders and to be honest, it was ok. Brian Henson directed the move, and yes he is the son of the late Jim Henson. The storyline isn’t that original at all, just a classic film noir with a twist, and the twist was puppets. The puppets in the movie were great, they tried to show how far puppeteering has come over the years and they did a great job at it. The acting was good, not great but good for the most part. Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, and Maya Rudolph did a great job in this movie, especially McCarthy and Rudolph who always made me laugh. Bill Barretta who was the main puppeteer for Phil Philips, a puppet version of Humphrey Bogart character Sam Spade from the 1941 film The Maltese Falcon, but with a modern look. Phil was a great character in the movie, and when he needed to make the film a bit funny or serious he did it, and it works out fine. The movie did have its flaws such as straightforward story telling, not that much development with the characters to make you care about them, and it reminded me a lot of another film The Fuzz, with the same storytelling, characters, and comedy.

All in all The Happytime Murders is a one and done film, and I would wait till it goes on to Blu-ray and DVD and then check it out as a rental.

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