I watched the Simpsons movie last night, and I think I was left with the same impression everyone else had: It was ok, but I could have waited to see it when it came out on DVD.
Homer asks the audience at the beginning of the movie "Why are we paying to watch this in a theater when we can watch it on TV for free?" Good question, and after the movie was over I still did not have an answer for that. Watching Simpsons on the big screen didn't really add anything more to the Simpsons experience that I hoped it would.
I did check out the Simpons movie website. They have a section where you can upload your own photo and it will "Simponsize" you
. This seemed like fun, but it is very picky about what photos it will accept. That avatar on the right is what I would apparently look like in the movie. I seriously hope I don't really look like that. Those squinty eyes are creepy, even for a cartoon...
Now back to me tearing apart the movie just like Maggie tore into Mr. Bubbles (my favorite scene):
The entire movie had this feel about it that is hard to describe. It almost felt like I was watching the last episode of the Simpsons. In fact, that really makes a lot of sense. The Simpsons have been on TV forever, I literally cannot remember them not being on TV. Maybe they made this movie as a way to step closer to ending the series.
There were a lot of funny moments in the movie that made it worth seeing. The overall plot (Homer has to save Springfield, no big surprise) was actually pretty well executed and could have been a lot worse. Although I wasn't bored, I did noticed several people nodding off and falling asleep during this late night showing.
One part of the plot (don't worry, no spoilers here) that I was surprised with was the focus on Homer and Bart's father-son relationship. Or lack thereof. The TV series already made it clear that Homer is the world's worst father figure, but the Simpsons movie hit you over the head with that over and over. Flanders plays a big part in becoming a pseudo-father for Bart, which I found a little weird.
In the end, its a good Simpsons experience that I'm glad I saw, but I could have waited to rent this movie from Netflix or something instead of paying a whopping $10.50 after tax in the theater.Simpson Movie trailers