Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012)

Number Rolled: 31
Movie Name/Year: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012)
Genre: Children & Family
Length: 86 minutes
Rating: PG
Affiliated Companies: Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment
Executive Producer: Ken Daurio, Audrey Geisel, Cinco Paul
Director: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Writer: Dr. Seuss, Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
Actors: Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate, Nasim Pedrad, Elmarie Endel, Danny Cooksey, Stephen Tobolowsky

Living in a town made completely out of plastic, where fresh air only comes from a delivery man, is all the rage. Ted sees no problem with it, until the girl he has a crush on admits that all she really wants is a tree growing in her backyard. Curious as to why anyone would care about some weird, dirty thing that serves no purpose, Ted seeks out the only one who can give him the answer.

I love Dr. Seuss. When I was a little girl, I made my mom read me One Fish, Two Fish so many times she STILL has it memorized – word for word. She’s none too shy about reminding me, either. There may be other Dr. Seuss books she can recite from memory, but that’s the one she’ll pull out on me whenever it’s convenient to embarrass me. It’s kind of amusing, but I will never tell her that (and she’s a technophobe, so there’s no way she’ll read this).

Love of Dr. Seuss aside, this movie wasn’t as great as I hoped it would be. There was nothing wrong with the voices or the animation. Parts of the script were frightening, but considering the social commentary, that was kind of the point. I guess the music wasn’t bad, nothing all too memorable, though.

That’s the issue. Dr. Seuss is memorable. You won’t find work like his anywhere. So to honor his one-of-a-kind author with a relatively forgettable movie, it’s almost offensive.

In the end, it wasn’t bad. It’s better for kids 12 and under than adults, but I probably wouldn’t groan if a kid made me watch it. Just don’t expect to be blown away.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 54%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 64%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 4.5/5
Trust-the-Dice Score3/5

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