It’s been awhile since my last review, but here I go again! I’ll keep it short this time.
It was cute, though it could have done with a few less musical numbers and a hair less moustache jokes — pun intended. I was a bit confused about who the main character was — the Lorax, Ted, or the Once-ler? — but I don’t feel it took away from the message.
Animation was amazing. I wanted to pet the fuzzy bears and Truffula trees and tweak the Lorax’s giant ‘stache. Danny DeVito as the Lorax was great; he brought the comedy, the caring, and the defiance together and wrapped it up in an orange, fuzzy suit. Zac Efron, Betty White (whom I love dearly), Ed Helms and Taylor Swift finish up the heroes of the story.
It was more geared to a younger crowd than I expected, but I still enjoyed it. The kids around me were certainly enjoying it, though I think they were getting the Lorax and the Once-ler mixed up. So was I at first. Actually, in the beginning I thought the Once-ler was the Cat in the Hat. (You only see his silhouette, okay? And he was wearing a big top hat.)
I do wish they included some more of Seuss’s loveable rhyming. What’s a Seuss movie without a plethora of rhyming creatures? I expected the Lorax to talk in rhyme, but no such luck. Just a “fuzzy peanut” with a moustache.
Thneedville was portrayed with startling parallels to the future we’re heading in. It’s appropriate they decided to release the movie in 2012 — when the world is supposed to end. Again. I feel the kids around me really got the message; I did. I was tapping my feet along with the last musical note of the Thneedville residents as they fought for the very last Truffula seed to grow.
It was funny, cute, inspiring, hopefully will begin a giant-moustache trend and make small children angry regarding clear cutting.
Okay. The answer to the title of this post? *This* is when moustache jokes are too much.
Unless some like you cares a whole awful lot,
It’s not going to get better.