“Tra La Laaaaaa!” A simple noise that once you watch ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’ you won’t stop chanting when the opportunity arises. Sadly, whenever I chant it, I’m met with bewildered looks and awkward silences. That’s because, in a world where seemingly everyone saw ventures as average as ‘Minions’ and ‘The Boss Baby’, no one managed to catch not only the best animation of last year, but one of the funniest films full stop.
Compared to other family animations from the last few years, ‘Captain Underpants…’ did everything right.
In reality, if you did miss it, it probably wasn’t your fault. Released during the summer when ‘Despicable Me 3’, ‘Cars 3’ and ‘Dunkirk’ were taking up the screens at multiplexes, ‘Captain Underpants:…’ got next to no screen time within the UK. If you are a Wittertainee, you’ll be aware of the praise heaped onto it by Mark Kermode, Edith Bowman and Robbie Collin, yet with each passing week the film slipped further and further down the box office. Cinemas wouldn’t give this film a look in as it wasn’t a safe bet for ticket sales compared to the other two animated threequels doing the rounds. Yet, word of mouth did spread and now it’s available on digital media you should consider seeing it as it’s well worth the price of rental.
Parents who take their kid to see things clearly not interested in pleasing them would prefer a film they can enjoy along with their child
Compared to other family animations from the last few years, ‘Captain Underpants…’ did everything right. It was funny throughout its run time, and not just chuckles here and there, belly roaring laughter constantly. It may have been toilet humour at times, but like ‘Deadpool’ proved, toilet humour can work if done right. It wasn’t just that, it broke the 4th wall, had jokes that adults and children laughed at equally and, more importantly, had a story that kept audiences, no matter their age, engaged and interested. It may not have had an important message like ‘Zootropolis’, but it wasn’t dreadful and exploitative like ‘The Emoji Movie’. What it was, was a LOT of fun.
That is something so many animated film fail to be nowadays. They all seem to fall into two categories, aimed solely at kids or aimed at everyone with a really important heartfelt message. Films like ‘Captain Underpants:…’ that are hilarious and fun without much of a message are rare, but really shouldn’t be. Parents who take their kid to see things clearly not interested in pleasing them would prefer a film they can enjoy along with their child and, let’s be honest, sometimes you just want to unwind and watch a genuinely funny film without having any extra baggage added on. And that’s exactly what this delivers.
The beauty of this film is I would recommend it to literally anyone.
When I recommend this film to people, some laugh it off or give me a “really?” look. But, and I don’t say this lightly, ‘Captain Underpants…’ is up there with ‘Inside Out’ as one of the best animations of recent memory. The fact it’s a lot more childish means many won’t give it the chance it deserves. But if you avoid all of those pointless stereotypes, you’ll be treated to the funniest 90 minutes you’ve had for a long, long time. The beauty of this film is I would recommend it to literally anyone. Kids and adult alike will love this, as will cinema buffs and those who only see one or two films a year. Go and watch this film and then proceed to tell everyone about it, it deserves all the love it’s unfairly missed out on.