Review by Monique Thompson
George Beard and Harold Hutchins are two overly imaginative pranksters who spend hours in a treehouse creating comic books. When their mean principal threatens to separate them into different classes, the mischievous boys accidentally hypnotize him into thinking that he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.
You just can’t escape Kevin Hart no matter how hard you try. He is STILL on a roll getting booked for film after film. This time, Hart lends his voice as George in the animated movie, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Based on the book series written by Dav Pilkey, the DreamWorks Animation film is about two imaginative yet creative boys, George and Harold (Thomas Middleditch) who create their own comic books as a relief from their boring life at their elementary school. The pair is also infamous for creating havoc at school with their pranks.
Their anti-fun principal, Mr. Krupp, will stop at nothing to finally punish the boys for their mischievous pranks. Desperate to dodge their punishment, George and Harold accidentally hypnotize Mr. Krupp, turning him into the superhero from one of their comics, Captain Underpants. When things seem to be going smooth, a new science teacher, Professor P, arrives and the boys begin to question his true motive.
Captain Underpants, the film, is just as epic as the book series! Hart and Middleditch as the leads are incredibly funny, as probably expected. Hart gives just enough of his personal flair and vocal inflection that is needed without overdoing it. From the characters square heads to their quick witty humor, this is a down right funny movie. The characters looks alone, like Krupp’s toupee looking hair that resembles a large tarantula, matches the books illustrations very well.
While offered in 3D, the standard high definition format is all that’s needed. I always harp on the fact that everything just doesn’t need to be in 3D and this is an example. The clarity and quality of just regular HD can be appreciated without overly adding animations. The kiddos and parents will enjoy as Captain Underpants should be on the activities list to start the summer.
STARRING: KEVIN HART, ED HELMS, NICK KROLL, THOMAS MIDDLEDITCH
In stores now.