Two young boys, George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch), are the best of friends who enjoy sharing a laugh and are well known for causing mischief and trouble at school with their daily pranks among fellow students and teachers. George and Harold also have goals and dreams to one day publish a comic book about a superhero who they have created. This superhero is known as Captain Underpants! After a prank by George and Harold goes wrong, the two get sent straight to the Principal’s office where they manage to accidentally hypnotise their very own school Principal, convincing him that he is, in fact, Captain Underpants.
With a film title such as Captain Underpants, you can predict what type of humour this film is all about. Jokes about a superhero wearing nothing but his underwear and characters who have outrageous names like Professor Poopiepants are just some examples of this film’s witty and childlike taste. At no point did I feel bored during this film. There is so much happening that even though it is a kids film, I was simply trying to keep up. The jokes are always fast and surprisingly unpredictable. As for the tricks, I do feel that they are genuinely fun and creative. I was surprised at how many times I found myself laughing or chuckling at the film’s randomness and character’s dialogue. I enjoyed the movie more than I had initially expected, and I had a good time. I also was impressed with the film’s style in regards to the animation. The film’s audio track was a blast and could be one of the best audio tracks I’ve heard in an animation film for some time. No matter your age, you should check out Captain Underpants and enjoy some randomness.
Overall, for a family film, I found this film rather amusing, creative and entertaining. With so many moments that managed to get me to chuckle, I admired the brainless and humorous rollercoaster ride this film gave. I also praise the film’s leading characters and villain, who I hope we will see again should there ever be a Captain Underpants sequel (Tra-la-laa!).
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Review Written by Peter Walkden