The Simpsons Movie (2007) - Review

I’ve been watching The Simpsons since the very beginning. I realize that The Simpsons have been on for so long that there are some readers of this site that can’t say that. I think that’s amazing. I love The Simpsons. So, going into this movie, I had a hard time figuring out why I was seeing this. I mean…why make this movie now. Why not wait until the show is over?

I don’t know. After seeing it…I still don’t know. There was nothing about the plot or story that was particularly “epic” in my view…nothing to really make it stand out as “this was the one that HAD to be a movie”.

Having said that…I laughed my ass off.

The actual plot of this movie, to me anyway, was disappointing, but it really didn’t matter. What makes this movie worth watching are the jokes. The funny thing is, everytime the plot shows up, it just sort of gets in the way of the funny stuff. For the first 15 minutes or so, the movie is just one laugh after another, and the audience I was with was really making it known that they thought it was funny. So much so, that I was reminded of why I hate going to the theater these days.

All of the sudden, the plot kicks in, and the theater goes silent for about 10 minutes. I don’t remember every noticing that in a theater before, but I did today.

The animation is kicked up a notch, but it’s done so with the use of 2-D, 3-D. It actually made me think about Futurama everytime I saw a vehicle that was obviously a 3-D model that was animated. I find that sort of thing distracting, and I didn’t really care for that aspect of things.

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They definitely do some things in this movie that they would never get away with on television (including language and nudity), but I was really surprised how bloodless the Itchy and Scratchy cartoon was. You gotta love those censors.

It should also be noted that the film focuses heavily on The Simpson Family, a new villain, and little else. We see lots of our favorite characters, but they are mostly reduced to funny one liners, with no focus on any of them. Even Mr. Burns is only in the “release the hounds” scene from the trailer.

All in all, I am left conflicted about The Simpsons Movie. I enjoyed it. I went. I saw. I laughed. At the same time, however, the cost of the three tickets I purchased tonight was $17 (that’s with two student discounts for those that accompanied me), and for $5 bucks more I could have purchased a whole season of the show on DVD.

The film opens with Homer telling us we’re all getting screwed by paying to see this movie. I still haven’t figured out if he was right or not.

Grade: B+

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