It’s been a long journey for me as a Simpson’s fan, I’ve been watching for the past 18 years. I’ve watched many episodes dozens of times, squeezed Simpson’s quotes inappropriately into too many conversations. There was a period some 10 years ago when we didn’t have cable and just watched VHS tapes of The Simpson’s episodes for entertainment.
But like many fans, I’ve felt the show had lost it’s luster these past years. Actually it seems like it has been quiet a few years, it was probably around season 9 or 10 when things started going down hill. When the stupification of Homer began to take hold.
Still I stubbornly continue to watch, usually without a single laugh, unable to accept my favorite yellow family had outlived its usefulness.
So when I heard about the Simpson’s Movie I didn’t pay much attention. As the months went by and the teaser trailers became available I was still not impressed. I was fully prepared to skip it’s theatrical release instead opting for the rental sometime in the fall.
I decided to take a chance and see it after all. I was glad I did. It was the most I’ve laughed in the theater in a long time. It was by no means perfect, the story was slightly lame. It seemed to drag a bit in the middle. Still it was entertaining and the first movie in years I’d actually pay again to see in the theater.
All of the primary Simpson’s characters had ample screen time including Maggie who practically had disappeared in past seasons. Most of the supporting characters made an appearance with at least one line, Mr. Burns unfortunately had a very minor role.
The movie has a PG-13 rating, the juvenile in me really enjoyed some of the actions which garnered the mature label.
It appears that many agree with my sentiment, grossing just under $72 million domestically, it’s well on its way to becoming one the most successful films of the summer.