Saturday, August 18, 2007

Movie Review: The Simpsons Movie

Strangely enough, since I’m such a Simpsons fan, I wasn’t actually looking forward to this movie that much. I mean, I definitely wanted to see it, and preferably in a theatre, but I wasn’t overly excited about it. I think I was just looking at it as a very long episode of the show—which is basically what it is.

However, I’m glad I went. Even if it was just a long episode, it was a good episode. I won’t say anything about the plot, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I did notice that the animation was different than it is on the show; it was smoother. I guess when you’re putting it on the big screen—and a wide screen, at that—you have to take the animation up a notch, or, at that size, it would probably look really bad. It’s still The Simpsons, it’s just… smoother Simpsons.

So overall, I definitely recommend the movie. (Of course, if you want to wait until it comes out on DVD or Pay Per View or whatever, you probably won’t regret it. It’s not like some of the action flicks that you really have to see on the big screen.)

In fact, comparing The Simpsons Movie to other movies is very similar to comparing The Simpsons to other TV shows. After watching The Simpsons for the last 18 years or so, it doesn’t seem new anymore; and yet it’s still a quality show, and pretty much guaranteed to entertain, which is not something you can say for the majority of TV shows out there. Similarly, The Simpsons Movie didn’t seem new, it just seemed like another—albeit long—Simpsons episode, but every minute of it was entertaining, which is something you can’t say about most movies.