8 Utterly Boring Openings That Spoiled Great Movies
7. The Simpsons Movie
Despite the show already being well in decline The Simpsons Movie was met with well-earned positivity, re-echoing the show's original ethos and putting the characters in a perilous situation deserving of a full screen adventure. Although, as is to be expected with a shared writers pool, the film did at points rely heavily on the show's more recent, more obvious style, which had led to the mass exodus of previously die-hard viewers. Being a three-act TV series, The Simpsons plots tended to fall into a set structure; youd have an opening first act that allowed for some creative, unlinked escapades before the two acts concerning the episodes actual plot kicked in. The film also followed this structure, only scaled up to feature length. Now part of that was out of necessity to give all the beloved Springfieldians their own cameos, but it led to an opening that not only felt detached from the later developments (a lot more important in a film than on TV), but had the movie temporarily devolve into weariness. The whole Bart and Homer pain-dare-thing is in the spirit of the show at the time of release (i.e. trying too hard), while its fleeting relevance to the plot is a big issue when re-watching the film.