OH. MY. GOD.
I don’t think I have ever laughed as hard as I did with DreamWorks’ film: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. I’m a 22 ½ year old woman with a very nostalgic connection to the Captain Underpants book series as a whole. I laughed almost the whole way through, and not because of the toilet humor.
Let’s get the elephant out of the room: SPOILERS. When I usually do a review, I DO talk spoilers. So, with that out of the way, let’s get into it.
I did NOT know that Kevin Hart was going to be in this movie. I was struggling to recognize George’s voice actor throughout the entire movie. Like, I thought he sounded familiar, but I couldn’t place it till the credits started rolling.
Yes, I am aware that the book series was full of toilet humor and fart jokes, but I don’t think that was all the substance. But I’m not here to type a pretentious rant about how my sense of humor and nostalgia is better than yours. I’m not a critic. I’m just a girl who was really happy that this book series from her childhood finally made its way onto the big screen.
I also feel the need to mention that I sadly don’t remember all too much from the books. But I think that this movie would be a good way to get someone to read the books (much like 2003’s Lemony Snicket’s: A Series of Unfortunate Events)
The movie portrayed Harold and George’s friendship perfectly. Two best buds in elementary school who took them being separated into different classes as the end of the world, basically. I have always adored the friendship between these two. Also, do I need to mention Kevin Hart again? I don’t think I do. Principal Krupp was pretty spot on.
I love meta humor. Harold and George break the 4th wall plenty of times, and appeal to a humor acceptable to adults. And if they have a kid that still enjoys potty humor, then bring you little ankle-biter along. What I’m trying to say is that it has a little something for everyone.
The animation was beautiful. From what I’ve been hearing, this movie is the cheapest movie Dreamworks has ever made. However, it made up costs with a freakin’ sock puppet segment. The art style was very faithful to the books, and it was very interesting to see these characters pop out from the pages to the movie screen. It was also very colorful, and the visuals were never boring to me.
Finally, I must address the best thing this film has brought to me (and anyone else seeing this, if they read the books): the development of Principal Krupp as a person. The fact that he had a crush on the lunch lady was out of this world to me. We never got any hint to his character other than he was a mean ol’ adult who hates fun. However, the movie gives us a little bit more. He’s lonely, and is possibly jealous about how close Harold and George are to each other. It showed that all he wants is a companion—maybe even a lover (if you can stomach the thought of that).
Also, the secretary being on hold for the entire movie? Hahaha, I couldn’t help but laugh at that.
What can I say? People had Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Panther as a kid. Me? I had Captain Underpants, and Super Diaper Baby (look it up) as a kid. My mom stopped buying me the books, and I very recently (like, at the time I was writing this) discovered that Captain Underpants had 13 books! I mean, what!? But no one can argue the impact it, and this movie, had on my life. I know what I’m gonna be buying on Amazon later on.
Honestly, maybe I’m being a bit immature while watching this movie…but at the same time, it made me so happy. I didn’t think Captain Underpants would be made into a movie. I mean, just…just wow. Mark this day a valuable day in history for me.