At a glance
The Lorax (2012) champions its Thneedville city, where everything is all plastic and fake. It is a city without any hints of nature, not even a small patch of grass can been seen as everything in this city is man-made. What's interesting is that its citizens are not concerned about it and are completely accustomed to that way of life; they love the way the city is as it is like living in a paradise. One day when Ted met Once-ler, previously a businessman who is overwhelmed by his own greed in money-making and completely destroyed the forest, Ted is determined to make a change.
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The Lorax Synopsis
From the creators of Despicable Me and the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes the 3D-CG feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, an adaptation of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Danny DeVito will lend his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms will voice the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their talents to the film are global superstars Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic youth who searches for the Lorax, and Taylor Swift as Audrey, the girl of Ted's dreams. Rob Riggle will play financial king O'Hare, and beloved actress Betty White will portray Ted's wise Grammy Norma.
The Lorax Review
While this is a visionary film, I find this film undesirable because there are scores of shortcomings. It has a good message with minimal preaching, a good base of imagination but maybe not a very good screenplay. I suppose they wanted to make the characters and the whole film look humorous but well, I can't buy that. There are also many things that doesn't make sense; I know this is intended for children but it could been so much better. This film is colorful, visually pleasing but it seems to me that this film is mostly about the furry trees and there is nothing more to it. In brief, this film is a huge disappointment when compared to the other films from its own studio such as the Despicable Me where there are so many elements in it. It really could have been so much better.
So, it is sad to say that I do not recommend this film, pretty sure there are plenty of films more amusing, more interesting, more meaningful and more heartwarming to watch than this.
Who will like this?
Perhaps people who would like to see Dr. Seuss works come to life and those who want to discover his works (but lazy to read) may give this film a try. Pro-environment people may like this film as it is able to instill environmental concerns, especially to children.
PS. This is a go-green and anti-business with low corporate responsibility film.
Details of the movie
Director: Chris Renaud
Producer: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
Story: Dr. Seuss
Screenplay: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: John Powell
Studio: Illumination Entertainment
Starring: Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Betty White, Jenny Slate
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Country: United States
Genre: Comedy Family
Running time: 86 mins
Budget: USD 70,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 348,840,316 est.