The Simpsons Movie– A Surprising and Haunting Tale

The Simpsons movie, directed by David Silverman, is a surprisingly well told and heartwarming tale. It sports the typical humor that the Simpsons popularized, and the longer runtime allows for a more in depth plot.

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The Simpsons movie, directed by David Silverman, is a surprisingly well told and heartwarming tale. It sports the typical humor that the Simpsons popularized, and the longer runtime allows for a more in depth plot.

There are many times when I feel like I am losing brain cells, and I am usually not that happy when I am in those situations. However, while I was watching “The Simpsons Movie”, released in 2007, I was under my own blissful ignorance, as the stupid humor that is typically in a Simpsons episode runs rampant. I couldn’t be happier about that. 

“The Simpsons Movie”, lasting 1:28, follows the story of the Simpsons Family taking on the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), who quarantines all of Springfield due to an environmental crisis. It stars the classic Simpsons cast, with Dan Castellaneta as Homer, Nancy Cartwright as Bart, Yeardley Smith as Lisa, Harry Shearer as Mr. Burns, Hank Azaria as Moe, and Julie Knaver as Marge. It was directed by David Silverman and is rated PG-13 for crude humor. 

“The Simpsons Movie” begins with a self-aware Homer breaking the fourth wall insulting the viewer for paying for something that one can watch for free on television. However, this movie is well worth paying for. 

The movie sports the typical humor that is found in a Simpsons episode, including cameos from Green Day and Tom Hanks. The plot begins with a funeral for the esteemed band Green Day, after their lakeside concert barge was melted by the acidic nature of the water. In that funeral, Grandpa Simpson has a religious experience and sees the future. And thus, the plot begins.

One of the greatest parts of the movie was the juxtaposition of Bart and Homer’s father-son relationship. Bart constantly wishes for the approval and love of a father, but due to Homer’s childish antics is unable to succeed. He turns to Homer’s sworn enemy, Ned Flanders, for a father figure. That is a serious and heartbreaking point of the movie, which comes to a surprising conclusion throughout the course of the film. 

A very surprising thing about “The Simpsons Movie” is the mature emotions and topics that are addressed, such as environmental problems, marriage, relationships, childhood crushes, and losing everything one knows and loves. However, it tackles these situations in the typical Simpsons manner, and there are no deficits of stupid jokes.

At the end of the day, “The Simpsons Movie” is a heartwarming adventure, filled to the brim with stupid humor and light gags. In truth, it is not just a typical episode but goes deeper into the characters and problems in the movie. With a longer runtime than an episode, the plot is very well thought out, and the villains are diabolical. Overall, I strongly suggest anyone that likes shows similar to The Simpsons watch this movie, but for kids to sit this one out for now.

The Simpsons movie, directed by David Silverman, is a surprisingly well-told and heartwarming tale. It sports the typical humor that the Simpsons popularized, and the longer runtime allows for a more in-depth plot.