The Simpsons Movie

Posted on August 31, 2007 by Flibster.
Categories: Cinema Reviews.

The Simpsons Movie Poster

Let’s start with one of the summer biggies then.

I’m a Simpsons fan, lets get that out first. I own the first 9 series on DVD and have pre-ordered the 10th. So I was slightly apprehensive about this film.

I was right to be apprehensive.

Let me say first, it’s not a bad film. It’s not up there with. say… Plan 9 From Outer Space in the bad film stakes… It’s just not as good as it could have been.

It is funny. However, most of the comedy is in the first half of the film. The second half seems a bit, well… flat.

However, what I’m most disappointed with is the animation. I know, it’s surprising, but it seems that they’ve resorted to the techniques they learnt in doing Futurama – so there’s lots of CGI in the film. Sadly it’s blatantly obvious a lot of the time and sticks out like a sore thumb. I feel that all the CGI could be due to the fact that it’s effectively 3 episodes and doing it all by hand may have taken too long. Apparently weeks before the films release they were changing the script! Talk about leaving it late.

Performances by the cast are great. As always Dan Castellaneta takes all the best lines as Homer. But all the cast seemed to step up to this and rocked.

Joke wise, kids will love it, adults will love it, and even people who generally dislike the Simpsons seem to like it. There’s jokes aimed at all levels.

So, biggest surprise for me in the film… Bart’s ojo… πŸ˜‰

Rating time then…

As this is the first review, I’m going to have to try and come up with a sensible way of rating these.

Lets try:
Visuals – How it looks
Audio – How it sounds
Theme – does it fit into its class?
Overall – Overall score – may not be an average of the above scores

Visuals: 7/10
It’s well animated, but the CGI lets it down.

Audio: 8/10
Score is great. Orchestral version of Spiderpig is an instant classic.

Theme: 8/10
It’s a comedy – I laughed.

Overall: 7.5/10
It’s a good film. Just could/should have been better.

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