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"The Simpsons"
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Genre: Animation
Director: David Silverman
Cast (Voices): Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria,
Harry Shearer, Tom Hanks, Greenday
RunTime: 1 hr 27 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Rating: PG (Some coarse humour)
Official Website: www.simpsonsmovie.com

Opening Day: 26 July 2007


It takes a wide screen to fully capture Homer Simpson’s stupidity, and, THE SIMPSONS MOVIE does it. In the eagerly-awaited animated feature film based on the hit TV series, Homer must save the world from a catastrophe he himself has created.

Movie Review:

Matt Groening brings his long running franchise back to its roots in “The Simpsons Movie” by making one of the warmer comedies this year. Despite the perceived and frankly exaggerated drop in quality of the television show by naysayers attempting to keep in vogue, the filmic incarnation positions itself as still being culturally relevant, a vantage point afforded from being the elderstatesman of popular culture. With the familiar dynamics of the television show surprisingly translating into an energetic cinematic experience, the scope of its subversive charm is on a much larger canvas and pointedly at itself.

Ask any fan of the television series what the most endearing aspect of the show is and they might tell you that it’s Homer and his dysfunctional clan. Ultimately, “The Simpsons Movie” boils down to familial bonds and reaches out to its extending relationships with its townsfolk. The graphic style of the movie will be familiar to everyone, but there’s a new sleeker and more fluid approach that now involves more background animation as much as it does the foreground. Further reinvigorating the franchise is a new appreciation of the Simpsons family, with a creative incision into Homer’s advancing alienation from his wife and kids being addressed through the amplification of the character’s proclivity for moronic whims and selfish inclinations. It’s a theme that has been explored many times over in numerous episodes throughout the years but the decisive difference is that it works through the fishnet of film conventions to actually grow its characters’ personalities, and to impart new insights between them. The film rewards its longtime viewers but never punishes those that have remained unfamiliar with the protocols of the show’s traditional quiescence.

Political lunacy and the ecumenical commentary of its bureaucratic agents get the full brunt of subtext and innuendos in a plot (and subplots) that’s more than an excuse for the goofiness when it brims with tongue in cheek digs at the ineffectualness of the current regime. Government agencies from Washington hone in on Springfield’s newly attained status as an environmental Chernobyl, as the Simpsons are ousted from their town and left to fend outside their comfort zones. It’s probably a minor miracle that a film so drunk on familial cords and values never submits to mushiness but that’s pretty much down to the strength of the writers’ awareness of the material by hitting a sweet spot between real world potshots and the self-reflexive indication of its place in the pop culture pantheon by breaking the fourth wall just enough to clue us in on the joke.

In its focused state, “The Simpsons Movie” operates as an examination of a household held together by latent affection and as a social parable of a town in arrested development. There’s a good-natured sweetness in its tone that eschews the smugness and extravagance of most spoofs and grounds itself by constantly coming back to what has always mattered most in the series - family.

Movie Rating:

(A tremendously entertaining movie that should appeal to anyone)

Review by Justin Deimen

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