Bird’s-eye View

Layla has summed up the plot pretty accurately in her review, so there’s no need for me to elaborate further.  For me, this movie seemed hastily put together. The plot was thin and confused and the characters were one dimensional. It lacked any of the poignancy or beauty of other children’s animations such as My Life as a Courgette, but perhaps that’s to be expected from a movie called Captain Underpants.

Based on the novel by Dav Pilkey, the movie stars Kevin Hart (George) and Thomas Middleditch (Harold). This in itself annoyed me intensely because:

  1. Kevin Hart has a very distinctive and super annoying voice. You know it’s true.
  2. I couldn’t stop thinking why movie execs would have cast him thinking that a middle aged man would be believable as an elementary schooler. He’s not. Not even close.

I will give it credit for the excellent quality of the animation. It’s almost worth going for that alone (almost!). It employs different techniques from stop-motion to puppetry and is clearly where the bulk of the effort was directed.  But what does it matter? At the end of the day this movie was a rip roaring success for us. Why?  Because I stayed awake trying to make sense of it, my 3 year old was glued to the big screen watching in total fascination, my 8 year old guffawed at the very basic pant and toilet based humour, my 19 year old cousin was entertained and my mum had an enjoyable nap. Win!  I will give 2 stars for quality but 4 stars for distracting the kids for a couple hours!

Now, click the button below to read what my daughter has to say.