Monday, February 5, 2018
Movie Review - Captain Underpants
So here's the review: Captain Underpants is an awesome romantic comedy.
It dawned on me partway through the movie that they were following the basic storyboard for a romcom. Completely. Including the cheesy musical montage number about a third of the way through. It was awesome.
The story is told, and partially illustrated, by the two main characters, George and Harold, mischievous grade-schoolers who adore a good prank. They have a great romance going - bff's forever. The villain, sort of, is Principal Krupp, who is determined to subjugate them and crush all joy from the kids at the school. He also has a shot at romance with Edna the Lunch Lady.
Things get a lot more complicated. Yes, it involves a superhero wearing just his underwear and a cape. But Captain Underpants is awesome. It involves giant robotic toilets. And lots and lots of gags that third-grade boys find hilarious. I know, I work with a whole bunch of them in Cub Scouts.
But the movie rises above the potty humor. It never reaches the point where I just want it to stop. They keep it light. The story is actually a pretty good story. The animation is beautifully done.
And the romance is a tear-jerker. So sweet...
Overall, this was one fun romp of a movie.
Four stars, with some mild violence and a few Poopypants jokes.
Okay, I admit I'm very biased about Captain Underpants. The books potty trained one of my kids. I will love him forever...