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The Simpsons Movie

Title: The Simpsons Movie
Directed by: David Silverman
Written by: Matt Groening, James L Brooks, Al Jean, Ian Maxtone-Graham, George Meyer, David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Mike Scully, Matt Selman, John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti
Year: 2007

This film must be one of the hardest films to make ever, and failure is almost ascertained even before it begun. The Simpsons is a highly popular series with an abundance of episodes with a quality rarely seen in elsewhere. Thus, trying to match almost twenty years of television broadcasting is impossible, and even though a full-length film is different from episodes of a series, I think a comparison is unavoidable.

I regard this film as several average episodes of the series put together. There is more continuity, of course, but the film still keeps the general feeling of the series. Occasionally, there is brilliance, but not by far often enough to be able to match the best episodes. It would be misleading to say that the film is bad, but it is undoubtedly not as good as the best episodes.

The story itself revolves around Homer’s guilt in poisoning Lake Springfield and, in so doing, causing the government to put the city in quarantine under a huge dome. The added continuity of the story is nice, but does not add very much to the experience. The Simpsons has never relied on intricate plots and storylines and this is not the case this time around either.

Conclusively, the film is worthwhile (I have even watched it twice) and I think everyone who likes the series should watch the film as well. However, I do not think it brilliant in the way I think some episodes.

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  1. Martin’s avatar

    Jag håller ju, typ, med dig i det mesta, även om jag tycker att det finns för få riktigt riktigt bra enskilda avsnitt för att filmen ska få så “lite” som 3,5. Min recension finns här: The Simpsons Movie