The Simpsons Movie (2007)

David Silverman directed this comedy film based on the TV series.

I have been a huge Simpsons fan for as long as I can remember, having grown up watching episodes on Channel 4 most evenings. I also have a small collection of DVDs in our DVD cupboard and thanks to Disney + I can see the series I haven’t got around to seeing. I also have a small collection of Simpsons figurines on my bookshelf…

Anyhoo, the film itself evolves around Homer polluting Springfield’s water supply which leads the town to be enclosed in a dome by EPA.  Springfield then gets put in lockdown and the Simpsons escape through a sinkhole in Maggie’s sandpit to Alaska where they think they can restart their lives.

I have re watched this films a few times recently and I think in a sense it is relevant now as the world is in a lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. I thought it still captures the charm of the television series and in pure Simpsons fashion, it has lots of cultural references thrown in.

Another important theme in the film was the importance of family, particularly with Bart wanting Ned Flanders as a father over Homer and in one particular scene Homer finds a message Marge has recorded over their wedding video which spurs him on to be a better person. As an aside, I thought it was nice that Lisa gets to get a love interest in Colin too.

Overall, a charming film that you can put your feet up to on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

My rating – 4/5

Spider pig, spider pig, does whatever a spiderpig does.

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