I’m back from a 12:01 screening. The movie isn’t perfect, and I’m sure I’ll see some flaws after a couple of viewings - right now I’m a little too blissed out and overwhelmed by finally seeing the movie itself. Wow wow wow.
Some thoughts, with spoilered ones [unblocked] further down, to avoid Mr. Mouse-Over:
The characters honestly looked a little weird on the big screen. I don’t know if it was the different aspect ratio or what appeared to be a larger number of close-ups, but it just looked different. It took me out of the action a few times.
They used each of the family members very well and the plots, by and large, worked. Considering how many times Homer has been a jerk, Marge’s video speech was very affecting - and in its own way it even seemed to comment on Homer’s increasingly selfish behavior in recent years. Bart’s interactions with Flanders were good, the plot moved along better than it has in recent episodes, and they blended the humor and pathos very well. They punctured major moments with jokes but didn’t cheapen them, which was something the show did very well once upon a time.
There were a lot of hard laughs in there. I’m still singing the Spider-Pig song, and they made some nice callbacks to it throughout the movie.
I think my favorite joke was the churchgoers running into Moe’s bar, and the barflies simultaneously running ino the church. But Burns’ suicide joke and the whole Homer and Marge Disney spoof was funny.
A. Brooks was a great guest villain, although I was really hoping Hank Scorpio would return. I guessed right about the other ‘guest voice.’ Green Day did a nice job, too, with the Titanic spoof.
On the downside, I was a little let down that Sideshow Bob’s part got left on the cutting room floor. He might be my favorite character outside of the family itself.
Last and not least… they really showed us Bart’s wang? Jeez. I didn’t need that - it doesn’t bother me much and the sequence was very fast, but it took me out of the movie for a minute or two.