The Simpsons Movie is the movie based on The Simpsons (just in case you couldn’t work that out from the title). Springfield is dangerously polluted and Homer’s ignorance pushes it over the boiling point. The US Government quarantines the town by trapping the citizens under a giant glass dome. The Springfieldians discover what Homer did, and the Simpsons are forced to flee to Alaska. Oh yeah, hijinks ensue.
The Simpsons were already a staple of American entertainment by the time the movie was released. It came out a few months before the start of the 19th season. The Simpsons rewards you for watching it. It’s overwhelming how many jokes, characters, and references there are that allude to early episodes. The movie feels like an extended episode. It’s really fast paced and doesn’t drag on or anything, But it really doesn’t feel like anything is at stake. Bart finds a surrogate father in Ned Flanders, something he’s done a few times on the show. Lisa finds a boyfriend, something that’s happened multiple times on the show. Marge gets mad at Homer, which happens a few times each season. And Homer does something stupid, which happens in every single episode. A cameo from Green Day and Tom Hanks isn’t that surprising considering the galaxy of stars that have appeared on the show.
The Simpsons Movie is raunchier and has better animation than the show, but there are episodes of the show that are funnier and smarter than the movie. The movie isn’t bad. It’s funny and smart and has a message. They just waited too long to make it. It would have been awesome if it came out in 1997. The show has had so many episodes and zany situations that nothing surprises you in the movie. Except for seeing Bart’s wiener. Nobody saw that coming.
Critically Rated at 14/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young