Director: David Silverman
Runtime: 87 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
The Simpsons, along with Futurama (another Matt Groening creation), are my favorite television shows of all time. Fortunately, 2007’s The Simpsons Movie largely does justice to the iconic series that it’s based on. Here, the Simpsons’ hometown of Springfield becomes so polluted that the Environmental Protection Agency decides to place a giant glass dome over the city. Naturally, it’s up to the community’s most famous family to save the day.
The humor found in The Simpsons Movie is perhaps broader than the comedy found in a typical episode from The Simpsons‘ classic era. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the laughs here come with surprising frequency. The satire’s not as brutally laser-focused as it is in some of the show’s golden age T.V. episodes, but it works well enough. Moving to the big screen hasn’t made the filmmakers push the boundaries of what jokes they include too much, although somebody finally gets to say “goddamn,” among another thing or two that I won’t spoil here.
Being a full-blown motion picture, the animation in The Simpsons Movie is more dynamic and eye-popping than it is in the television series. There are some neat moments of action because of this. The universe that The Simpsons is set in has a tremendous wealth of characters and locations, and these are put to good use in the film. Most of the fan favorite inhabitants of Springfield get a moment or two to shine, but the focus is generally on the Simpsons family, which is perfectly understandable, considering the 87-minute runtime.
Is The Simpsons Movie as delectable as the classic era of the show that spawned it? I’m not sure if I can answer that question, as the golden age of that show lasted eight or nine seasons. Still, fans of the series will almost certainly fall in love with this picture. Almost every joke lands and the characterizations appear to be consistent with what was established in the early years. That’s enough for me to recommend a comedy.
My rating is 8 outta 10.