Despite the show’s declining viewership, I’m glad they haven’t resorted to wacky stunts at Fox to regain fans. That is, if you don’t count them making a movie version of the show…
The movie is basically an 87-minute episode of the show, which is mostly a good thing.
Those that have somehow avoided a single episode will find it funny. While fans of the show will absolutely love it. There are plenty of easter eggs for the hardcores too.
After all these years, the movie does not disappoint and was well worth the wait.
An ever-changing pseudo plot that only serves to guide the humor usually doesn’t work in movies, but the writers have perfected it after all these years.
Homer pollutes the river with toxic waste and dooms the town of Springfield when the EPA intervenes. The Simpsons relocate to Alaska before Homer decides to save his town and his family. (Having had a few Alaskan room mates, there’s nothing I find funnier than making fun of Alaska).
The laughs are packed in and rapid fire with very rare misses. The movie is every bit as clever as the show, which has been the appeal since 1989. And the jokes come so quickly there is no way you could catch them all on the first viewing.
The only disappointment is that it’s lacking some of the familiar characters and catch phrases, but they couldn’t possibly cram all of them in. But what, no couch gag?
The film takes shots at a various groups, including Disney, Al Gore, and religion, but especially the government. But it also occasionally mixes in heart-warming sad or tender moments.
And, again like the show, the movie pushes the limit of what a cartoon can get away with. It was pretty strange to see Homer giving the double middle finger though. Oh, and Bart’s penis.
I was, however, a little disappointed they didn’t take full advantage of the big screen to maybe explore a bigger storyline or try something different. Plus 18 years of being censored on regular television and they don’t throw at least a “shit” out there?