Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – Film Review

I had no interest in seeing Captain Underpants – I had never read one of the books, I didn’t even know what they were about and the movie looked rubbish. But I was wrong. It isn’t a masterpiece or anything, but as a slice of children’s entertainment it is pretty good.

Kevin Hart voices George, who is best friends and neighbours with Harold (Thomas Middleditch) and they are under threat of being separated at school by principal Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms) due to their bad behaviour. One day George hypnotises Krupp with his Hypno Ring and so every time they snap their fingers he becomes Captain Underpants, their fictional comic book creation. Underpants is basically a superhero without any actual powers, but he still comes in handy when Professor Poopypants (Nick Kroll) tries to rob the pupils of their laughter.

From that plot, you would definitely think this was a kids-only zone but there’s plenty to entertain adults. The script is written by Nicholas Stoller and is very witty and a lot of the dialogue-based jokes, pop culture references etc will go over kids’ heads. For the kids, there’s the visual comedy like slapstick and toilet humour, but there is less of that (thankfully). I definitely laughed out loud more than the children around me.

I didn’t love the look of the animation but I got over it pretty quickly. It is fun, it is a light-hearted break from reality and features an impressive voice cast, especially Helms, who excels in his dual roles and makes Captain Underpants and Krupp sound very different in delivery and tone.

However, I would only recommend seeing this at the cinema if you have children who need occupying for an hour and a half over the school holidays.

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