Review of 'The Simpsons Movie'

the_simpsons_movie.jpg The long-awaited movie of the Simpsons is now on the big screen. Is it worth the wait? Well, it is certainly enjoyable…

Homer is in big trouble. Causing serious environmental damage Springfield is sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive glass dome. Can he rescue the people of Springfield?

Sort of like a long episode of the culturally-ingrained television show that started life as a short on the Tracey Ullman show the movie is quite good fun. I must admit there are only one or two occasions I laughed out loud but it was worthy of many more chuckles. The pace is somewhat slower than normal episodes but this gives time to develop side stories and the main story a lot more and it improves the end result. The distancing of Bart from his father is quite well done and, astonishingly, touching but that has been the power of the television show from the very beginning - humour mixed with poignancy - the movie is no different. The epic climax could only be done successfully on the big screen. The writing is as sharp as ever with a lot of little touches that will be more enjoyed over repeat viewings.

All in all, good fun and a nice light summer movie.

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Review Date: 2007-08-03

Directed by: David Silverman

Studio: Akom Production Company

Year: 2007

Length: 87 minutes

Genre: Animation

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