Wednesday, August 1, 2007
All the cool kids are doing it. Seeing movies and wearing pants.
Let me be among the last of the blogs you read to review The Simpsons Movie. And, like all the other reviews, let me recommend the film. There are plenty of laughs that haven't been put in the previews. For instance, everything with Green Day is terrific, and it's all in the first ten minutes of the film, so I'm giving almost nothing away. There's a Special Guest Star playing Himself that hits a couple comedy home runs. (By the way, President Schwarzenegger is voiced by Harry Shearer, so he's not who I am talking about.)
On a personal note, Homer Simpson may be one of the few human beings who likes hot sauce as much as I do, with the only noticeable difference being that he is a cartoon character. (Not that I have forgotten my friend Jim Overly, who uses Insanity Sauce like it's ketchup. Scary stuff.)
I've been a Simpsons fan for as long as they have had a half hour show. I didn't watch Tracey Ullman's show that regularly, and I think those cartoons aren't as good as the stuff that came later. More than that, let me be man enough to admit to being dead wrong in public. After the first season, Matt Groening (rhymes with complaining) said they would take the focus off Bart and make the show more about Homer. When I heard that, I thought, Well, it's been fun, but it can't last more than another two seasons if Bart isn't the focus.
How should we measure a Simpsons movie? Is it as good as three good episodes put together? Yes, it is. Does it give us all our favorite characters in liberal doses? No, it does not. The family is the focus and a lot of regulars, like Apu, Willie, Skinner and others barely get a minute of screen time. Does it stay true to the characters? Absolutely. The Simpsons all act completely as we would expect in all their situations, as does Ned Flanders, who is probably the best advertisement for Christianity in pop culture since Lilian Gish's character in the original Night of the Hunter.
Matty Boy says check it out. Or as Bart might write on the board, I will not illegally download this film.
Oops, gave away a joke.