Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) Reviews
nostagic... kids used to love this comic series
Even a film with this title should rise above being almost entirely composed of a ceaseless barrage of cheap, throwaway cliche's and gratuitous below-the-belt attempts at humor.
It wasn't funny. The audience laughed a few times, but generally was silent. (How can the Critics Consensus currently stand at 85%?)
What is ironic about this movie is that in a lot of other animated films the presence of silly humour such as fart and poop jokes would be criticised for being unfunny and unwarranted but here it fits so damn well. For those who know the humour of the books this is exactly what you expect from any Captain Underpants material, I mean, one of the major villains is a giant robotic toilet and the main villain's name is Poopypants....... you can't say you didn't expect it. In terms of delivering this humour and making it work Hart, Middleditch, Helms, and Nick Kroll (Professor Poopypants) do a great job bouncing jokes off each other in ways specific to their unique characters. Some jokes here and their didn't hit but for the most part the humour was quick, witty, and provides a really god number of charming little laughs. The running gags present are pretty amusing and don't overstay their welcome.
The story itself is pretty engaging and is adapted from the novels in a clever way to where having it work in the form of a film is more important than simply sticking to the content of a single book. The majority of the story is ripped from the first novel as far as the origin story goes but elements such as villains are taken from other novels simply due to being more iconic and serving a more interesting story. What is also cool are the easter eggs that really capture the heart and soul of the novels. References to the classic Flip-o-Rama pages are present as well ass Poopypants' name generator, George & Harold changing sign text, fourth wall breaks, and a number of other quick callbacks littered throughout.
In the end I got a good kick out of this movie, much of which was due to the many nostalgic elements harking back to when i read the books as a kid. The humour is pretty on point and there are plenty of chuckles that will keep you awake for the entire duration, which sits nicely at just under an hour and a half. The story was quick and concise, the performances fit the characters and bounce humour off each other really well, and it's just overall a good entertaining family movie people of many ages can very much enjoy.
But overall I found it family friendly and funny