Movie Review: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

Synopsis: George and Harold have been friends since kindergarten. When they aren't creating their own comic books, the two friends are busy pulling pranks, something that has made an enemy out of their tyrannical principal, Mr. Krupp. When Mr. Krupp finally catches them in the act, he decides to put them in separate classrooms as punishment. Desperate to stop him, they successfully hypnotize him and, as one more big prank, make him believe he is their favorite comic book creation, Captain Underpants.

Who's in it? The animated movie uses voices from Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Nick Kroll, Ed Helms and Jordan Peele.

Review: My youngest daughter wanted to watch a family movie yesterday evening and, since we've turned her down the last couple of times, I decided to finally cave in and do that. After scrolling through the options on Netflix for what seemed like an hour, I finally convinced her to watch this film.

Even though it was the one I picked out, I honestly wasn't looking forward to seeing this movie. I only picked it out because it looked less annoying than some of the ones she wanted to watch but, at the same time, I really wasn't expecting this one to be all that good either. As it turns out, it was actually a better movie than I expected it to be.

Based on the description, I figured this film would consist mostly of crude, juvenile jokes. That, however, was not the case. Yes, there were some of those. But, overall, I think the film managed to be funny without relying heavily on the easy fallbacks (fart jokes, etc.) like a lot of other animated movies (one of the main reasons I don't like today's "family" films). Even when this film did throw in a fart joke or make fun of the planet Uranus, it was done in a way that was creative and entertaining.

I think the thing I liked the most about this film is it wasn't anywhere near as predictable as many other family movies are. Science teacher/evil scientist Professor Poopypants (Kroll) always seemed to stay ahead of the heroes and, considering Captain Underpants (Helm) didn't really possess any super powers, it was hard to figure out how, exactly, anyone was going to end up saving the day.

Not to mention the action scenes, while still managing to be funny, were surprisingly intense. Let's just say it's one of the few family movies that didn't have me dozing off halfway through.

Final Opinion: I wasn't really expecting much from this film. But, it turned out to be much more entertaining than I expected. It's one I would definitely recommend as a result of that.

My Grade: A


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