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The Simpsons Movie
The Simpsons Movie (DVD)
Member Name: m_illie
The Simpsons Movie (DVD)
Date: 19/02/12, updated on 19/02/12 (26 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of interesting visual and sound elements to be enjoyed everywhere as well as the plot itself
Disadvantages: No real disadvantages, perhaps non Simpsons fans may not enjoy?
As a huge lifelong Simpsons fan it was inevitable I would watch the Simspons Movie should they eventually release one. According to Matt Groening all those years back the eventuality of this happening in future was next to none and yet here we are 5 years later talking about it. I remember being around 10/11 years old in my car being driven to school and my Mum was listeing to Capital radio. It just so happens that on this particular broadcast the hosts guest was Matt Groening and he was discussing a future Simpsons Movie that was due to be released in a few years time. I remember being appalled and shocked at his revelation that Bart Simpson's penis would be right there smack on the big screen for all to see, and perhaps my child mind blew this trivial matter way out of proportion (as many others did also) which is something I released when I finally got around to watching it in around 2009.
The Simpsons Movie is perhaps my favourite dvd and film in general of all time. In fact I have watched it so often that my orignal copy wore down to the point where the disk would no longer read, and then miraculously a few months later it did again (thank you computer gods for having my back there). I tend to go to bed to the sound of one of my dvds and for a year maybe even two (which is something I dont like to admit) I repeatedly watched the Simpson's Movie in my drowsy state. It got so bad, my addiction that is, I was able to run by my friend motion by motion the events of the film. Thankfully as a result of Simpsons Movie rehab I am a normal human being yet again (although in fairness, I think I am probably the only person who was so enthralled by the film they watched it that often, bar a few mega fans).
Now, moving on to the actual review, I can honestly say (perhaps somewhat unbiasedly) that the Simpsons movie in fantastic. There are many people that say in its many years the Simpsons has decreased in value and humour and is no longer as good as it was the good-ole-days. I beg to disagree. There is an abundance of excellent visual and sound elements, as well as humour and action to enjoy and love as I do (albeit to the extreme).
Hans Zimmer composed the score the film and did and excellent job, combing a classy, somewhat sophisticated sound with the bubbly vivacious nature of the Simpson family and the ensuing action. It was particularly successful at conveying a raw emotion, not to sound over the top, especially in sincere and often heart warming moments within the film.
The idea of the film is that Homer lies to Marge, which as most of us already know, is not a particularly rare event. However, she specifically asked him to follow one instruction and as result of his selfishness and greed his actions alone result in the entrapment of the whole of Springfield and their eventual revolt against him. This then leads to the family having to relocate and a whole load of other fun and endearing moments throughout the movie. There were many instances of humour that both adults and children could enjoy, as well as the usual double entendres the writers slip in for older audiences. This makes for a diverse, creative film with a unique storyline and lots of adventure to be had.
As well as this, as always, the Simpsons manages to employ a cameo appearance from a popular celebrity of the time, and this time its Tom Hanks. He appears as himself and is said to have accepted the offer after just one phone call, a true symbol of the Simpsons popularity and success in one fell swoop.
To conclude, there isn't really much that I can fault with the Simpsons Movie. Of course as someone who has watched it numourous times I could pick out minute annoyances such as the bad Irish accent employed by 'Colin', Lisa's love interest in the film, but really what effect does that have on the film as a whole. It is topical, funny without being slapstick, and equally endearing without being overly emotional. A perfect balance for a true great. The Simpsons continues to amaze me.
Summary: 'Topical, funny without being slapstick, and equally endearing without being overly emotional.'