Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie review by Bobby Blakey
With books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid getting successful film franchises I wondered how long it would be for the hit series Captain Underpants would get something. I have never read the books but I have always skimmed through them at the stores just for the silly title and fun art in them. Now the first big screen adventure of this funny hero is coming home with Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie that includes a great voice cast including Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch, Nick Kroll and Jordan Peele, but does it live up to the hype or will it fail to be heroic enough?
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie follows the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. I have been eagerly wanting to see this film due to my obsession with the silly nature of the books and thought the trailer looked funny, so you can imagine that I had already set the bar high which I usually try not to do. I am happy to report that it was all the fun I had hoped for and more. The story is just simple enough to keep it from getting bogged down with nonsense and offers up tons of laughs and fun action. From the moment the film kicked off I was laughing out loud and it never let up until the very end.
The voice work is excellent with Helms underpants standing out in an almost iconic way that will have you yelling “Tra-La-La” when it is all said and done. Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch have great banter and chemistry as George and Harold only upstaged by the over the top brilliance of the always awesome Nick Kroll. The animation is top notch featuring great character designs that complement the original books, but step it up to another level. The vibrant colors and beautiful animation offer up a great experience for all your senses that will keep you laughing and entertained until the very end. I loved every moment of this film as I had hoped I would, but it was capped off to perfection with a theme song by Weird Al that was the perfect ending to what will just be the first outing of this undergarment avenger.
In addition to the film this release also includes numerous bonus content including deleted scenes, gallery and numerous featurettes that take fans on a fun look at bringing this film to the big screen. Become the unexpected hero and grab your copy of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie available now on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Hero Edition Blu-ray and DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.