“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”

Two very imaginative fourth graders George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch) have been writing comics in their spare time. One day they hypnotize their principal, Mr. Krupp, into becoming the hero in their books. Captain Underpants (Ed Helms) is the potty humored hero George and Harold have always wanted. Once he comes to life they have to deal with the pros and cons that brings. 

Captain Underpants pleasantly surprised me. The fact that I could type that sentence is a feat in itself. I had no expectations going into this movie. I also walked in knowing nothing about it other than the popularity of the source material. Having not seen the trailers, i had no grasp on the tone of the film. It was a lot funnier than I expected. Is it a lot of potty humor? Yes. Is it made for kids? Of course. Director David Soren manages to do things with the tone, and story to make this an entertaining watch. 

Some fourth wall breaking and sequences that aren’t the same animation in the rest of the film. That includes stick figures and a look into Harold and George’s mind. It was unique in that way. The animators manage to make Captain Underpants unique enough for kids and adults to enjoy. 

Some negatives are the fact that the story itself is formulaic. You know where the film is going, and it doesn’t take any turns you don’t expect. The humor isn’t for everyone, but adults won’t hate the jokes like in a Smurfs or Nut Job movie. I think Captain Underpants is worth watching eventually. 

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