The Lorax (2012)

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Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 55% IMDB Rating: 6.3
AMR Rating: Absolutely Worth Watching!

Synopsis: Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, the Lorax tells the tale of a boy named Ted who is going to try to bring back the trees.

Review: This movie adds quite a lot of complexity to the Dr. Seuss book, making the plot move a little too fast. However, some complexity is needed. We can’t just spend the entire time listening to the Lorax tell Ted a story. There’s got to be an evil guy. And what’s a movie without some romance? I believe the creators made some right choices. The reason that many plot lines have these elements is that they make a movie great. But perhaps some parts could’ve been simplified so we can savor the story more. For example, the scene where people rejected the Thneeds was not necessary. It was funny, but there are many places in the movie for humor (and all were well executed). The characters were interesting and nicely-defined. We have the determined Ted, the dreamer Audrey, the youthful Grandmother, and all those adorable animals. Also, I like that this film managed to add another lesson: not only must we care for the environment, but also commercialism is dangerous and we are declining. Unfortunately, this movie itself tries to stuff things in, even though it’s supposed to teach that less is sometimes better. I also wish the movie rhymed more, for a greater tribute to Dr. Seuss and for additional fun. Though there was quite a lot of sentimentality, you don’t have much time to really feel it. Yet the “one person turns the whole town around” scene gets me every time. The ending is wonderful, including bike chase that was both hilarious and epic at the same time. A cute touch is they plant that one, simple seed with an excavator.

I also love the color and the kooky shapes. It reminds me of Dr. Seuss drawings and makes the world of The Lorax beautiful. The scenery is delightful: the idyllic river, the valley full of trees, even the busy city. Each scene is extremely lively and makes the viewer want to be there. Heck, I even wanted to be at the Once-ler’s lair with the creepiness and the sense of adventure! The songs are extremely catchy, too.

A awesome, spirited, whimsical movie standing alone, complete with morals, action, and humor, The Lorax is Absolutely Worth Watching! If only it wasn’t trying to add so much…

Background: This is the second adaptation of the book, the first one being the 1972 animated musical television special. It builds on the book by expanding the story of Ted, the previously unnamed boy who visits the Once-ler. The film is the fourth feature film based on a book by Dr. Seuss. The film topped the North American box office with $17.5 million on its opening day (Friday, March 2, 2012). This was the biggest opening for an Illumination Entertainment film, and for a feature film adaptation of a book by Dr. Seuss, as well as the second largest for an environmentalist film. It also scored the third-best debut for a film opening in March and the eighth-best of all time for an animated film. Interestingly, in total, Illumination Entertainment struck more than 70 different product integration deals for the film. (Source)

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