There is a certain joy when it comes to silliness. There is a purity about it. There are a lot of people who like to scoff that this kind of humour, denouncing it in favour of some kind of superior intellectual comedy Boring. Stupidity and silliness, however, is brilliant and genius since the dawn of time. If you do it with a lot of heart, it is compelling, sweet and so entertaining.
In children’s films, there is enjoyment from an engrossing smart films such as Pixar’s back catalogue. But sometimes, well done silly romps such as Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and this week’s release Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie are needed for pure entertainment.
Based on a book series of the same name by Dav Pikey, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie revolves around two kids named George Beard and Harry Hutchkins. The boys decide to hypnotise their mean-spirited headmaster into believing he is the titular character of their own comic book creation. Stalking the town at night, wearing nothing but giant briefs and a cape, it all changes when there is suddenly trouble afoot. Captain Underpants, George, and Hharry must come together to save the day.
With voice talents from Ed Helms, Kevin Heart, and Thomas Middlemitch, Captain Underpants is a genuine film with a lot of hilarity. You’ll find yourself giggling with a cheerfulness that will radiate long after viewing. For fans of the book, myself having read them with my little brother growing up, the amusement is unstoppable. You’ll have the biggest grin on your face once you leave and it is clear that everyone is having the best time with the film
Directed by David Soren, who brought Madagascar to life, the animation is colourful and different whilst fitting greatly with the concise and delightful movie. True, there are a few sour moments such as incessant pop tracks and some tedium in particular places but it is swept up in this great adventures a lot of summer hi-jinks that you’d do as a child. Massive amounts of imagination as you embark on a magic or heroic adventures. Captain Underpants really captures that and fills you with a lot of nostalgia. Adults will feel like children again, and children will be so happy leaving cinemas.
There is such an innocence with the film. I’d like to imagine the response purely to the title – Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Whether they were fans of the book series or are discovering this venture for the first time, the thought of a child point excitedly to the poster and giggling at the title, immediately wanting to go and see it. There is so much joy in knowing that and, incidentally, there is so much joy in Captain Underpants. It carries the silliness and makes you smile with glee. Fun for all ages, and a film for the family, Captain Underpants is a complete draw for everyone.
It is certainly not pants.
Captain Underpants: The First Movie is out 28th July