It has to be said that although the quality of the television series has declined somewhat since series ten and what followed, this big screen adaption of the series is actually pretty decent given the output the series has been giving over the last few years. Centred around Homer (The strongest and funniest character on the show) the Simpsons are forced into hiding after Homer causes an environmental catastrophe in Springfield.
While not as laugh out loud funny as the original series (especially 4-10), the movie provides plenty of funny moments for all members of the family, as well as long term viewers of the show and newcomers. We also get some cracking animation which has rarely been matched on the TV screen and all the memorable Simpsons characters are present (with the odd exception) voiced by the terrific cast. The film however does have some downsides. Firstly I have to agree, it came ten or so years too late. Had it been released before then it probably would have had a better success as the series was still quite popular. In addition during the film we do have to put up with yet another story that leads to the possible end of Marge and Homers relationship and this has been done countless times before. As well as this theres the Spider-pig gag that everyone knows and goes on about. Yes this is funny the first time you see it, but when it comes to re-watches of the movie the gag wears a little thin, plus in my opinion there are funny moments.
Overall it is quite a surprising film, even if it does feel like an extended episode, we still get a decent storyline that is centred on the best character Homer, with other memorable characters also getting a look-in as well. We get some of the strongest humour the writing team have dished out in years, all the voice talent is on top form and the animation is just brilliant. Worth a look at, even for fans of the classic series!