Based on the series of novels by Dav Pilkey, Captain Underpants tells the story of George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch): two schoolboys who spend their free time making comic books in George's treehouse, and spend their schooldays engineering pranks for the benefit of their classmates. Their nemesis in each case is Principal Krupp (Ed Helms), a cantankerous head teacher with a vendetta against the two free-spirits.
When George and Harold hijack a robotic toilet to throw an impromptu disco (yup), Krupp threatens to disrupt their friendship by assigning them to different classes, but an encounter with a novelty hypnosis ring (uh-huh) puts him under their spell. Taking the opportunity to convince Krupp that he's actually the hero of their comic book 'Captain Underpants', the two class clowns find themselves with the opportunity for havoc – and, when the world is threatened by actual villain Professor Pee-Pee Diarrheastein Poopypants, Esq., a hero to save the day.
The visuals are a satisfying blend of Popeye, Peanuts, and The Beano, and George and Harold make for suave likeable hosts (there's a lot of fourth-wall breaking and gentle meta-comedy). There is a deep irreverence throughout for everything but irreverent humour itself. It's not a timeless Pixar-esque classic – you won't go to see this without a child in tow like you will with The Incredibles 2 – but it's not trying to be. It's just fun.
|What||Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
24 Jul 17 – 24 Sep 17, Times vary
|Price||£determined by cinema|
|Website||Click here for more details|