Captain Underpants review
Perhaps a movie that fell under the radar this summer, particularly in comparison to its Pixar and Despicable Me rivals. Yet, in a disappointing year so far with regard to animated movies, Captain Underpants is by default, the best. I will have a Despicable Me 3 review up soon, but really this year has really struggled in the animated sector, with perhaps Pixar’s end of year release, Coco being a shining light. Seen as Coco hasn’t been released yet, this nice little animated movie, based on the popular novels is the only animated movie that seemed to not be a major cash grab.
Captain Underpants is about two Bart Simpson type characters, George Beard and Harold Hutchins, who attend a seemingly joyless elementary school, run by the cruel Mr. Krupp. One of the boys hypnotises this rigid principal into thinking he is the boys’ comic creation of The Amazing Captain Underpants. Considering this absurd premise, and that the eventual villain is named Professor Poopypants, Captain Underpants had a surprising amount of heart. The simple animation style, and underlying themes of friendship are major factors in making this movie as warm and nice as it was. The movie didn’t set out to be a masterpiece or redefine the animated genre, but it showed the rest of the summers animated movies (Cars 3, Despicable Me 3, The Emoji Movie) how it’s done. The movie felt like there was some passion gone into it, and making solid movie to entertain the kids and keep the adults involved was the primary focus.
Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch and Nick Kroll play the main characters in the movie, and all seem to have had real fun with their respective parts. They embraced the silliness, and ran with it. There is no Patrick Stewart phoning it in as a poop emoji in this movie, just some funny dudes enjoying themselves.
Now don’t go getting too excited, the movie isn’t great. It’s simply solid. The kids will love it and the elders will sit through it happily enough. The movie had some pacing issues, and there were some moments where I thought I could be doing something better with my time. Overall this is a fine, nice little movie, that’s not a complete cash grab, but we will probably see a sequel nonetheless. I will rate Captain Underpants 6/10.