Forgive my bad rhyming, please cut me loose; I'm clearly not as good as the great Dr. Seuss. But for a review of The Lorax I couldn't resist, I wanted to give my writing a Seussian twist.
This film is mediocre and bland through and through, it could have been better for sure this is true. It hammers a message in that's more of the same, except the execution is terribly lame. I'm not sure what Illumination Studios was thinking, but I imagine they wish their film was less stinking.
The movie definitely had the Dr. Seuss look, but as you'd expect it's not as good as the book. To a boy age of six the film might have been heaven, but what of the film goer who has aged twenty seven? The jokes fell flat, the entertainment was dumb; two thirds of the way through I desired coke mixed with rum.
It was loud, it was annoying, people broke out in song; the film's attitude was like a welcome stayed too long. I realize that singing occurs in this sort of flick; but the specific songs in the Lorax are what made me sick. The lyrics were bad, and the arrangements were cheesy; It felt like I was watching that program Glee from the TV.
The message wasn't as bad as described by FOX News, the environment is something we can certainly lose. But for a CGI movie about saving a tree, why not pop in your blu-ray version of WALL-E? It's smarter, it's funnier, it's more bold and more round, and it doesn't just beat a single thought into the ground.
Compliments for The Lorax are few and far between, but there were a few things that I did find quite keen. The voice acting was ample from some of the gang, mainly from people who had established their name. Ed Helms had spirit, Danny DeVito was funny; but not quite as good as Frank from Always Sunny. Zach Efron's voice talent is kind of a bummer, did no one have Anton Yelchin's phone number?
The animation was great and actually had lots of spark, from that standpoint the film hit the mark. The 3D cost extra and was quite uninspired, this technology is starting to get really tired. Character design was nice except for the villain's haircut, whoever thought that looked good should have their mouth promptly sewn shut.
This is the same studio that made Despicable Me, which I thought was average but brought others great glee. It seems like this studio often travels down the same road, as I felt like both movies suffer from "cute character overload".
I get it, this movie targets mainly the young, and because of that surely I should hold just my tongue. But all the best animated films seem universal, The Lorax however should have made a reversal. It was mostly too juvenile for anyone but kids, I could tell because at one point I was shutting my lids. I don't think this film has a place for grown men, and that's why I'm giving it a 5 out of 10.
The thing that most whistles it's dumbness to me
is the Lorax ads selling brand new SUV's.
I'm still not quite over the one with Mike Meyers;
Perhaps it is time for Suess films to retire?
The one Seuss adaptation that stands the test of time: How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Running time: 20 minutes...and even that is only because of a song that shows up a couple of times.
I'd love to see these things showing up regularly, like Peanuts specials....in half-hour increments, or in some cases, a couple of stories in a single half-hour. The Sneetches was just one of four in that book (Sneetches being the title track). Yertle The Turtle was one of my favorites, and it had 3 stories in one book. And these weren't long books!
Speaking of which, peep this video of the Red Hot Chili Peppers song, "Yertle the Turtle," from Freaky Styly.
But please, no more Seuss movies.
[Tim Wilson] "Speaking of which, peep this video of the Red Hot Chili Peppers song, "Yertle the Turtle," from Freaky Styly."
[Scott Roberts] "Dude... Yes!!"
Turning it into a medley with Funkadelic's Cosmic Slop is what really sets it off. I'm absolutely certain that George Clinton and Theodore Geisel would have been friends. Heck, some of George's outfits in the Mothership Connection years looked kinda like a Seuss character...y'know, from an Afro-centric UFO, but still....
Also one of the hardest-hitting RHCP performances I've ever seen. Makes me feel better about life, even if a little more self-conscious than before about my flabby midsection. I've always wondered if taking off your shirt was part of the audition for a job in the Peppers or Jane's Addiction.
The sock was.