The Simpson's Movie: A Review...or, My Eyes, The Goggles Do Nothing!
Good Lord, this movie sucks!
I had high hopes for The Simpson's Movie, and, indeed, it begins on a high note, with a great Itchy & Scratchy sequence that ends with Scratchy eating hundreds of nuclear warheads. Hah hah! Then the camera pans back to reveal we're watching a movie, and Homer stands up and berates the audience for paying money to see a show they're getting on tv for free. Hah hah...more funny.
Homer wasn't kidding. The jokes were good for about, oh...20 minutes. Then everything went south and became unbearably dull. 20 minutes, or, really, one decent tv episode. The rest of the picture is such a slave to Hollywood formula that I was looking behind my couch for a paperback copy of "Screenwriting 101." Yuck.
Do I really have to write more? I don't feel like it. You've had more than enough time to see this movie if you're so inclined. I'm really the last one to the party. I think the problem here is the same as the tv show - The Simpson's has run out of gas. After 20 years on the air, every conceivable joke, story, and scenario has been played out at least half a dozen times. It's just a gag show now, and it's been that way for at least a decade.
Ugh, what a letdown of a picture. I could imagine a wacky comedy like one of Mel Brooks' classics - Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs - or any number of classic screwball farces. No such luck. What's here is just a standard-issue formula picture that has been used on about a billion summer blockbusters.
About the only good thing to come out of this movie is the animation, which is much fuller than tv. The production team definitely put a priority on animating the Simpsons as they never could on the small screen. For the most part, it works. They didn't turn The Simpson's into an overdrawn Disney cartoon, but augment whenever necessary. It's a very nice looking movie, if still a bit bland, but that's because of the art design of The Simpson's, and it's far too late to do anything about that now.
Yuck...what a lousy movie. The second half barely had any good jokes, aside from one punch line here or there. I just didn't care. Why should I care about some serious plot, especially when these "plots" have been played out a dozen times on the tv. Why am I supposed to care? Homer is impulsive and dumb? He's an inattentive father and husband? Springfield is going to be destroyed? What, again?
Other bad choices: why is Bart suddenly drinking hard alcohol in the middle of the picture? When did he start doing that? And why did he suddenly stop five minutes later? What's the deal with that? And why the need to show "adult" content that couldn't get past the censors? Homer shouldn't flip the bird, and Marge shouldn't swear. It doesn't fit their characters. The part where Bart is buck naked is well-known, but the writers forgot that what makes those kind of scenes funny (remember Austin Powers?) is NOT showing the nudity. That's the whole gag. Flash the audience and you ruin the joke.
This movie ruins a lot of jokes. Most everything else is just one simple throwaway line after another, all subservient to that damned stupid plot. Spider Pig was funny, yes. Hearing the Spider Pig song the third time...not funny.
Seriously, people. Lose the Screenwriter's Handbook, please? I was always skeptical of the idea of a Simpson's Movie, but I still wanted to discover a good movie. This is a major disappointment.