Yeah, this doesn't have anything to do with hockey, but I did wear a Hockeybuzz hat to the theatre, so that will have to qualify. Not only that but BluesFan44 demands a review.
After much personal anticipation-I have been a Simpsons junkie since the days of the Tracey Ullman Show shorts-I finally got to see a feature film dedicated to my favorite yellow folks and their amazing world.
In a word, hilarious.
The movie is what fans of the show will expect. Plenty of one liners, sight gags, shenanigans from Homer and Bart, crazy impulsive actions from Homer, subversive humor, pot shots at Fox, Al Gore, Arnold Schwartzenegger and of course, Simpsons fans.
The film starts with a great gag, then the modified show opening montage, and the first surprise guest stars, punk band Green Day.
The film progresses from there to a church scene where Grampa has a troubling vision of disaster to come, which only Marge takes seriously. However, Homer's chore list soon turns into a series of dares between he and Bart that turns the "vision" into reality.
As the result of one of the dares, Bart gets busted for indecent exposure, and Homer leaves him hanging out to dry. Adding insult to nudity, he adopts a pig as a pet. The Pig becomes Homer's best buddy and Homer starts neglecting Bart, which causes Bart to seek a father figure in Ned Flanders, of all people.
Anyhow, Homer and the pig ruin a town anti-pollution crusade which results in the quarantining of Springfield by the federal government. The town denigrates into a post-apocalypse version of itself, being cut off from the outside world and lacking provisions and ways to pay C Montgomery Burns for electricity.
The Simpsons-well Homer- are blamed, but manage to escape and head to Alaska to start anew. However, they stumble upon a plot to destroy Springfield and feel they must return to save their friends and old town.
Truly, truly funny. Any long time fan of the show will love the movie, because it's basically a long episode. There are belly laughs that equal anything in classic episodes like "Mr Plow", "$pringfield", "Homer vs the 18th Amendment" or "A Streetcar Named Marge".
Brilliant use of plot and development of the story. Fans of the show already know to keep a sharp eye out for subversive sight gags and other "hidden" laughs. Plenty of that here.
Some of the devices are a little too predictable-Schwartzenegger is President, the evil government agency head is voiced by Albert Brooks, doing his "Hank Scorpio" voice, Some of the material used in the preview commercials is telegraphed, which lessened the comedic impact a bit.
There was NOTHING BAD about it. However, I was disappointed because a few characters didn't have enough to do-Burns, Krusty and Moe stood out as the most under utilized to me-but of course they are my three favorite characters. Don't worry, they all have at least one scene where they have a laugh out loud moment, but I want MORE!!!!
BTW, stay for the credits, there's some bonus fun and you get to hear the Choral rendering of Spider-Pig.
I highly recommend this product or event.
Three and a half knocked out teeth out of four!!