This past weekend my wife and I saw the Simpson's movie.
For starters, I enjoyed it.
I appreciated the fact that it kept the integrity of having the feel of the regular 20-odd minute fox cartoon television show.
And yet at the same time it kept me interested and entertained for the whole 80-odd minutes of film.
Yet at the same time, the film was not so spectacularly entertaining that I would ever want to own it, quote it, rewatch it, or encourage someone else that "they needed to see it."
Rather, the movie lacks that special "zesto!" that sometimes makes the Simpson's so unique. There was very little surprisingly smart commentary (the stuff with the EPA, Tom Hanks, and a brief Hilary Clinton inclusion was fun but limited), and the special guest voicing was fairly limited as well (although Albert Brooks was fantastic as Russ Cargill, the head of the EPA).
Yet at the same time, when the Simpson's hit the air in 1989 it was a very unique show, that many people have special memories of (which came out yesterday, even in the comments, of my post about The Simpsons Sing the Blues).
It is probably for these feelings of sentimentality and the integrity of the general nature of the program (and creative marketing) that has made the Simpson's movie have a very successful opening weekends, and a ridiculously high rating on imdb.com (yesterday the #44 movie of all time, currently a little more reasonable score at #66, but still very inflated).
Anyways, glad I saw it, but you won't hear me saying "you have to see it."
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