It’s an awfully long time since I have watched a complete episode of The Simpsons so I wasn’t 100% confident that I would be happy sitting through an extended version of the legendary hyperactive cartoon. I needn’t have worried. The Simpsons Movie is one of the most purely entertaining movies of the year, with all the stops pulled out by an army of talented writers and animators determined that the grand legacy be confirmed on the big screen.
And they have done it by not messing with the formula. The film is essentially an 85 minute episode of the series with the only visual concessions being an abundance of detail for the obsessives and an enriched colour palette. Plus, the extended duration gives the writers a chance to take some time to really give the film some heart.