Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Review: The Simpsons Movie

I thought I'd offer a quick review of "America's #1 dysfunctional family"'s first venture to the silver screen.

For fans of the show who've been a little worried, let me just say this: this movie is like a long episode of The Simpsons.
It's full of the usual witty political and religious comedy(commentary?), has plenty of references to great episodes floating around(watch the background around Springfield Gorge), and even bags the mother of all Simpsons celebrity-guest voices: Tom Hanks! Above all this, though, the film really seems to capture the flavor of the TV series(starting its 19th season this fall), especially with their penchant for poking fun of themselves as a show and the TV industry in general.

I could try to disect here all of the messages on religion that the flick is offering us, but that could get a bit dull, and frankly I'm never quite sure what Groening & co. are really trying to say about Christianity with their poignant-yet-thoughtful gabs. If the topic interests you, try Mark Pinsky's The Gospel According to The Simpsons, from what I've read of it, a fun little book from before the popular wave of 'gospel-according-to's(Superman, The Matrix, Narnia, the Smurfs, you name it...). Google Books also has some of the book online for preview.

Instead, I'll close with this: if you're a fan of the TV show, then check out The Simpsons Movie. If you aren't, fair enough, but please don't overlook The Simpsons without giving them a shot. There's a reason this show has been on the air for nearly 20 years.

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