The Simpsons is, in my opinion, the best show currently on television. Whether you love it or hate it, you have to acknowledge that it's lasted so long for a reason. I also love the new ones, but my personal favourites are seasons 5-17. Naturally, a movie adaptation was decided upon and me and my dad were in hysterics going to see it. Needless to say, we were not disappointed because this is one hilarious movie. Some may think that a perfect score is ridiculous for a film of this nature, but those who truly understand my love and adoration for the show will know exactly why I loved this movie so much. The glory days of the show are long over, but this film fills me with nostalgia about seasons 5-17 and why I love this show so much.
The Simpsons Movie centres around...of course...the Simpson family and the fellow citizens of Springfield. During church, Grampa Simpson has what can only be called an epiphany where he says these exact words: "A twisted tail, a thousand eyes, trapped forever!!! EPA, EEEEPAAA". After a Green Day concert ends in disaster (the band's barge is eaten away by pollution and they die horrible deaths), the citizens of Springfield (with a little nagging from Lisa and a dreamy Irish boy named Colin) realize they need to clean up their lake. Homer and Bart also come across a pig at Krusty Burger and bring it back home (twisted tail/Spiderpig).
The last piece of the puzzle comes to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and catches their attention in the form of a many-eyed squirrell. Oh, did I mention, Homer dumped a silo full of pig crap into the lake, polluting it beyond repair and mutating the squirrell. This is taken to President Schwartzenegger (yes, you heard right) who decides to seal the town in a dome. Word soon gets out that their entrapment is Homer's fault and the Simpsons have to go on the run and later, have to save Springfield. This is a surprisingly multi-tiered story, but it's not at all hard to follow and it's hilarious as hell. Seeing this in theatres was one of the best days ever and I will remember it indefinitely (at least, I hope so).
The Simpsons is an absolutely hilarious show and the movie sucks up every drop of that. Some may disagree, but this is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen and it has a brilliant script. I have seen this movie so many times that I can practically quote it word for word and every line in this movie is pure gold. The show always had amazing writing and this movie is no exception. If you are a fan of the show, you will be in stitches, and if you aren't (for whatever reason) you will at least chuckle. Needless to say, the dialogue was fantastic, as the show always was. Plus, it has an environmental message that's......subtle!!!
I love these characters and I have loved these characters ever since I first started watching the show, which has been pretty much since I can remember. Since I love the characters, I was overjoyed to see them all on the big screen and I wanted to see them survive their ordeal. The film also manages to squeeze some genuinely heartfelt moments in between all the comedy, like exploring the father-son relationship between Homer and Bart and the marriage of Homer and Marge. This film still paints the picture of the very dysfunctional nuclear family and hearkens back to the show's glory days, and the movie is fantastic for it.
The animation is also slicker and is similar to the newer seasons, but there isn't much that can be said about that, so I'll just wrap this up. I absolutely adore this film and all naysayers of this movie either don't like the show or don't like the newer seasons. Well, my recommendation is pretty basic. If you like the show, then chances are, you'll like the movie. If you don't like the show, then why are you wanting to watch this, you're going to hate it. However, if you are trying to get into the show, then I would not encourage you to start with this because it takes some familiarity with the story and characters to like it. However, after watching at least one season of episodes, watch this movie and you won't be disappointed.