Simpson-ly the best movie
August 09, 2007
The Simpsons (PG)
Starring - Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Minnie Driver, Kelsey Grammer & Yeardley Smith
The movie event that fans of The Simpsons have been waiting almost 20 years for is finally here. Yes, the lovable, dysfunctional yellow-skinned family that has been delighting television audiences since 1988 has at last hit the silver screen in an animated feature-length episode of the hugely-popular and massively influential television series created by Matt Groening.
The plot has been beefed up for the big screen and follows the attempts by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to destroy Springfield, the country’s most polluted town. You won’t be surprised to hear that Homer Simpson is at fault and it falls to him to save his town and keep his family together.
With a running time of just under an hour-and-a-half, The Simpsons Movie is the ideal length for an animated feature, ensuring that boredom is kept at bay.
Full of laughs of both the big guffaw type and the closed-mouth, shoulder-twitching chuckle variety, The Simpsons Movie will be enjoyed by aficionados as well as those less enamoured and less familiar with the funny yellow-hued characters.
The perfect way to immortalise Matt Groening’s much-adored Simpsons clan, The Simpsons Movie is replete with comic gems that you will be recounting long after the picture has finished.
With a big screen version comes the freedom to expand on certain aspects and to play around with risqué sequences. Matt Groening takes advantage of this, enhancing the characters of Homer, Bart et al without altering these beloved characters beyond recognition.
However, a movie version also unavoidably limits what they can do and many of the much-loved characters cannot be incorporated, sadly, meaning that there is a definite feeling that something is missing. With the necessary emphasis on story, character development and the chance to build on the series’ quirkiness are also seriously hampered.
Whether you’re a regular viewer or not, you cannot fail to acknowledge the impact and influence The Simpsons has had on popular culture and this movie brilliantly celebrates nearly 20 years of yellow-tinged craziness.