Jun 27 2017

Nerd Dad and Captain Underpants

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Guest Review by Blerd Words


Frankly, I’d seen the Captain Underpants book on the shelf for years walking through the aisles at Target or Barnes and Nobles; but I ignored it. I love superheroes, but I couldn’t take it seriously enough to give it a second glance. Well I didn’t have much choice once the movie was announced. All three of my daughters became almost obsessed with seeing the film. I can still hear my three year old saying “Captain Underpants daddy!”

captain underpants 2Before seeing the movie, my wife and I decided to get my oldest daughter the first book as she loves to read and asked about it several times. So we made it a condition of us taking them to the movies. Before seeing the Captain Underpants movie, she had to have read the book. She read the book that night and was asking about getting more books in the series. We ended up taking her to the library and checking out books two and three. My youngest was demanding to have the Captain Underpants books read to her.

The film has a PG rating which is due to the fart jokes and potty humor. The rating system still makes me laugh as I continue to take my daughters to see PG rated movies, but Wonder Woman is a PG13 flick that I don’t think they’re ready for (Their ages are seven, five, and three).

As a teacher, I almost got a little depressed by the depiction the movie makes of school (just kidding) but it does hit a little heavy handed with the jokes.

Parents, the Captain Underpants movie is an amalgam of the first four books, but it still manages to stay true to the  source material. I have to say that the main characters George and Harold are a bit nicer than in the books. The movie has the boys feeling guilty and even doing something nice for their dreaded principal Mr. Krupp. I read the first few books after seeing the movie and I think a straight adaption would have shown the main characters as unsympathetic and frankly little jerks.

The voice acting was good. Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms, and Jordan Peele are good with their timing and funny. The animation was also good. Being true to the book, a fight scene was replaced by the signature “Flip-o-Rama” vision from the books. It was cute and a nice homage to the books.

My only issue is with the theme song that appears at the start of the credits. It was done by Weird Al Yankovic and is so dang catchy that I find myself humming it almost involuntary and having it repeat in my head…lol

In conclusion, I think fans of the books will be satisfied with the movie. I gave it a rather high 4.5 out of 5 stars as it was fun to watch and truly hit a chord with all of my daughters. I suggest parents check it out either before or after they stop ignoring the books at Target and take a look at them.

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