Captain Underpants

Year: 2017
Director:
David Soren
Starring:
Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele

Written by Dalton Brown

Nostalgia. Nostalgia is why I wanted to see ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’. I didn’t go to laugh or anything. I went because my inner child consumed me, brainwashed me, and basically forced me to go see this. My inner child is an idiot. But hey, ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’ could have been a lot worse and, honestly, probably should have been. As it stands though, ‘Captain Underpants’ is alright; kind of underwhelming.

Based off a series of children’s books, the film follows Harold (Thomas Middleditch) and George (Kevin Hart) – two best friends that are inseparable. They like making comic books about this imaginary superhero known as “Captain Underpants!” When they’re not writing their next masterpiece, they’re pulling pranks on their mean school principle… Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms). Mr. Krupp hates fun. One day, Harold and George push Mr. Krupp past his breaking point; thus, forcing him to relocate the two friends to separate classrooms. The boys panic and try to hypnotize him. And it somehow works, cue “Captain Underpants!”

‘Captain Underpants’ is beautiful to look at, I’ll give it that. And it has a nice cast of characters too. The voice work is good. Everything about it is solid. Even the jokes. Though they do grow tiresome very quickly, they’re not completely unbearable. So, why was it underwhelming? Because I’m too old for it anymore, mostly. But also, there was a joke that had to do with the choir that kind killed it for me. And the third act became repetitive.

Despite all of this, it’s still a good movie. Granted, kids will probably get a lot more out of it than adults but there are some great messages about laughter and friendship and things.

I like the messages. I like the animation. I like what the movie is going for, but it could have been better. Maybe if it embraced its mediocrity? I don’t know. I suggest seeing it at some point, but don’t get your hopes up. It’s an easy watch and I enjoyed most of it, I was also expecting something a bit better.

Dalton’s rating: 6.0/10
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Tra-la-laa! The First Trailer For Captain Underpants Is Here

A new ‘Captain Underpants’ trailer? Tra-la-laa! I was already excited a couple months back when I saw they were making a movie about him, now we have a trailer and I am beyond excited. Captain Underpants is about an evil principle turned superhero through the power of hypnosis. And we see some of this from the trailer, but what really has me anticipated is the art style. It looks beautiful, almost comic book-like (as it should).

I don’t have much else to say, to be honest. I feel like this movie is purely based around nostalgia, something I have a lot of in regards to this. I read the books growing up and now I get to see my childhood basically come alive and I am very happy about that. 

What do all of you think though? You might have a calmer mind than I do, so what are your thoughts on ‘Captain Underpants’? Are you excited, indifferent, or just don’t care? Let me know because I would love to hear!

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“Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, DreamWorks Animation brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE. This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.”

Written by Dalton Brown

Grab Your Capes! Here’s Our First Look At The Captain Underpants Film

Entertainment Weekly have spent the week leading up to Christmas releasing some exciting exclusive photographs for upcoming 2017 films, including ‘Justice League’ and ‘Wonder Woman’. Then on Christmas day, EW tweeted the first exclusive look at the upcoming ‘Captain Underpants’ movie, which is based Dave Pilkey’s books with the same name. Yes… that’s a thing. 

‘Captain Underpants’ follows the story of best friends George Beard (voiced by Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (Thomas Middleditch), two fourth graders who successfully hypnotise their mean school principle, Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms), and make him believe he’s the superhero from their homemade comic books, Captain Underpants. Donning a red curtain as a cape, and a pair of bright white underwear, Captain Underpants is brought to life and George and Harold couldn’t find it any more hilarious. 

‘Captain Underpants’ leaps into UK theatres 26th May 2017

Written by Tom Sheffield