The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Reviewed on 2007 August 1
Sometimes the phrase “from the sublime to the ridiculous” just isn’t sufficient. This is both.
The whole gang of Springfield (except Maude Flanders, of course) is gathered together for 87 minutes to pick on Fox (playing with their logo no less), prank the viewer, and actually give us a plot. And that’s within the first ten minutes!
Part of the story is Bart finds himself wishing Flanders were his dad when Homer outdoes himself in stupidity. He notices how Ned treats his children and takes a hard look at what a loser Homer really is. Since this is The Simpsons and not Lifetime, of course there’s more of a story. See, the citizens must fight when Springfield is menaced by — whoa, what am I doing here? You have to see it. It was a little odd seeing Springfield on a big screen — and we got to see it on the largest one at our ’plex — but just as it started to wane a bit another brilliant, quick joke flew by. The main difference between the half-hour fixes we get on TV and the movie is that Groening and Brooks put more subversive (and yet not mean) and obscure tidbits in it.
We also get an Itchy and Scratchy cartoon. This one has a great political joke snuck in it. Oh, and stay for the end credits.
Three chocolate morsels.