While there is no doubt that all comedy is subjective. What’s
funny to me may very well be offensive and outrageous to you.
Really, you should lighten up. But in the expansive world
of humor, there are a few things that will always be funny,
regardless of personal tastes or ideals. These ironclad stalwarts
of comedy include such diverse fare as a man getting hit in
the groin, loud flatulent noises and my personal favorite,
monkeys. Let’s face it, you could put a monkey in the dourest
of dramas (say, Sophie’s Choice) and the movie would
instantly become a comedy classic. There’s just something
inherently comedic about our simian brethren, especially when
they’re dressed up like cowboys and whatnot. I bring all this
up because a movie has been put out that has all kinds of
monkey shenanigans on display and if you like that sort of
thing (trust me, you do) then brother, The Powerpuff Girls
Movie is for you.
For those of you without kids or who don’t still watch The
Cartoon Network, let me bring you up to speed. “The Powerpuff
Girls” is a cartoon about three little girls, created in the
laboratory by The Professor, who happen to have superhero-esque
powers due to his accidental inclusion of “Chemical X.” They’re
all cute as proverbial buttons, but still manage to conquer
evil and save the world before their bedtime (as the tagline
goes). Their main nemesis is a freaky giant-brained monkey
named Mojo Jojo who tries to take over the world on a fairly
regular basis. Not exactly a Michener novel when it comes
to plotting, but hey, it’s a kid show.
The movie itself is your basic origin story, which I find
odd since the only people who will be seeing this are kids
and parents who have been long since indoctrinated into the
Powerpuff mythos. It’s kinda of like showing Tora! Tora!
Tora! to a bunch of military historians, but whatever.
For us casual fans, it was a nice refresher course, since
I never really saw what happened in the beginning, anyway.
Now I liked the movie. Partly for monkeys, but for other reasons
as well. It has a really nice energy to it, which will keep
kids riveted to their seats, and plus it’s really short, like
an hour-twenty. The latter is a big bonus since most younguns
and some film critics (ahem…) have the attention span of a
hyperactive gnat and don’t like sitting through Harry Potter-esque
epics for their family entertainment dollar. It also has a
good, kid-friendly message about acceptance of those who are
different than you that will be immediately forgotten when
they meet that new kid in class who doesn’t bathe.
However, it should be noted that this is not a movie for
everyone. If your inner child has long since atrophied and
your tolerance for squealing and bright lights is somewhere
around the hermit crab level, you might want to sit this out.
Also, there are enough strobe effects in this movie to send
a perfectly healthy man into an epileptic fit, so if that
kind of thing bothers you, you should either avoid this movie
or bring something to bite down on. On the other hand, if
you have a healthy, active inner child and no existing medical
problems related to lights, you might just have a good time
with this. And of course, if you love monkeys, this movie
has a boatload.
— Clinton Davis