Saturday, August 11, 2007
The Simpsons Movie Review
After close to two decades, The Simpsons have finally made it to the big screen with The Simpsons Movie. Unlike some of my other movie reviews, this one's going to be fairly brief because, when it's all said and done, The Simpsons are The Simpsons and the gist of them doesn't really change much. Unless you've been living under a rock since the late 80's, you already know what the film is about.
The Simpsons Movie is basically like 3 long episodes, and while it certainly has it's funny moments (Like President Schwarzenegger's "I was elected to lead, not to read." line, Bart's nude skateboarding scene, and the Spider-Pig scene), the film is mainly forgettable, attested to by the fact that I saw it not even a week ago, and I'm already struggling to remember certain parts of it.
Basically, Springfield becomes overly polluted (thanks to Homer and a pig) and the town is then quarantined in a unique fashion by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Bart, ashamed of his father, forms a bond with Flanders, Lisa finds an equally annoying boy she falls in love with, Marge nags everyone, and Maggie does Maggie things. And there you have it, that's the gist of things, just like every other episode only longer.
I'm not saying that The Simpsons Movie is a bad film, but I think Homer himself said it best at the movie's beginning: Pointing to the audience and calling us suckers for paying for something we could easily see on TV for free.
The Simpsons Movie has nothing really special to offer that the regular series itself does not, and I honestly recommend you see it as a cheap matinée or a DVD rental.