guppy's film reviews

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Simpsons Movie

Playing catch-up! Also reviewed this week: Knocked Up, Transformers and Stardust

Director: David Silverman
Notable Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria
Score: B+
Summary: Definitely enjoyable, but basically a triple-length episode of the show.

The Simpsons has been running for almost twenty years now. It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that there would be a movie at some point, and fans by and large were cringing in fear that when it was made it would be spectacularly bad, especially since for the last several years fans have considered the series in decline. I'm happy to say that the movie is enjoyable.

The movie's staff appears to be largely the same as the TV show's staff, including the voice actors, so things will pretty much look and sound the way you're used to them. The only notable difference is the inclusion of some CGI, which is used well and fits with the rest of the film's visuals.

The show's voice acting has always been one of its strong suits despite a large cast being voiced by a relatively small set of actors. Since the cast here is the same, the usual high standards are in evidence.

The pacing is the film's biggest issue. While consistently entertaining, the opening act is definitely the strongest. It peters off somewhat for the middle act before coming back for a stronger finish in act three.

The Simpsons Movie is a very entertaining if unambitious package. Provided you don't go in with overly high expectations I think it's a worthwhile experience.


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