So the Lorax is currently available on demand in your home theater now. I know that I just watched it on netflix, but I’m sure it’s available on itunes or through whatever means you normally use. I think that this film is worth a look see. Yes, I know it’s for children, and Yes, I know that Dr. Suess is a little played out, but this film has some merits going for it, and it really is a fair watch.
Let’s start with the positives. This movie has a pretty good cast of characters. Danny DeVito voices the Lorax. While it might be type casting (the Lorax is about 4 feet tall) DeVito doesn’t scrimp on the emotionality. If you know the story, the Lorax speaks for the trees. He is the reminder that those who do not stand up for nature will wake up to find it missing one day. He has to be stern and shmaltzy and all manner of grim. DeVito does a good job with the role.
Zac Efron and Taylor Swift were there. Also, Betty White. Who doesn’t love Betty White? She plays the granny, and the granny is secretly the best part of the film.
One thing I didn’t particularly like were the musical numbers. They were composed well and they weren’t too distracting but it seemed like the direction for the “filming” was lackluster. At best, a few of them were simply time fillers.
Okay, so why why why watch this film on demand as opposed to any other way? My reasons are two fold and contradictory. 1) you can piecemeal the movie. I find myself doing this all the time. I watch movies now like I watch tv shows. It’s all start and stop. This movie would be boring and uninteresting in one big go, but if you watch it in pieces it’s much more digestible. 2) You can immediately compare this movie to it’s earlier counterpart. When I was in college my good friend Stephanie (a lovely contributor to my blog) introduced me to the hand drawn version of the Lorax. You can find it in multiparts on Youtube I’m sure. It’s amazing. It’s also very very very sad. Much sadder than this cleanly polished digital success.
It’s definitely worth your viewing. Give them both a try.