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The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Simpsons Movie does NOT disappoint!
Personally I do not really think that the Simpsons has been going downhill in recent years, though I can accept points of views stating that it has. With many people discussing the decline in quality of the show over the past few years I even had my doubts as to how good (or more to the point, how great) the movie would actually be.
It did not disappoint...far from it in fact. It by far exceeded my expectations, and my expectations were almost unreachable!! From the opening scene to the closing scene this film delivers what every Simpsons fan wants and what every Simpsons episode should deliver. With so many moments that will have you laughing for an assortment of reasons, this movie is an example of why the Simpsons has lasted so long, and could last for much longer! The film is suitable for all the family, with the little children having their own moments to laugh at, whilst not understanding some of the more adult jokes. There are a few moments/scenes which the show would not include in a TV-aired episode. These moments come as sometimes a shock but are ALL hilarious! The Simpsons Movie, whilst being side-splittingly funny from start to end, also has probably one of the most emotional scenes ever seen from our favourite yellow family.
Homer's imagination, stupidity and golden heart are the essence of this amazingly beautifully crafted and hilarious film.
Whether you are a Simpsons fan of years gone by, a current fan or someone who wants to know 'what the big deal' is - I highly recommend this movie! You will not be disappointed! My only possible criticism is that I would have liked it to be longer...but surely that is a compliment more than a criticism? 10/10
Born Equal (2006)
A great show, great acting, lacklustre ending!
When initially seeing the advert for this in BBC I was so excited to see such a cast in a TV production which looked like it was going to be amazing.......did it disappoint? Not really....
The acting was superb by all, I honestly can't pick a flaw in the acting from anyone. The concept was great and the story - just as good.
So what's with a 6/10? There is NOTHING I can fault about this show, NOTHING.....other than the end. The whole thing was fantastic, it looked like it was building up to such an amazing end. The 3 different stories all going on at once, all taking place based around these people living in a single hostel. I was expecting these people and their lives to come together, to all affect one another climaxing the plot.....this is where it went wrong. Thi just didn't happen. 1 of the 3 sub-plots (the Nigerian one, starring David Oyelowo) remained completely isolated from the rest. The other 2 sub-plots (Firth's and Carlyle's) come together right at the end.....but too quickly and not in enough depth to please.
Overall it was an entertaining 85 minutes, but it left me feeling.....let down!