‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’ starring Ed Helms and Danny DeVito – trailer review

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Directed by: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Starring: Ed Helms, Danny DeVito, Zac Efron
Rating: Unrated
Release Date: March 2, 2012

TRAILER SCORE: 6/10

Thoughts by TSR: 

The Lorax is my favorite Dr. Seuss book. It combines environmentalism and whimsy in a way that’s never been duplicated. But this preview worries me. Not only because I haven’t liked a single Dr. Seuss movie, but because of the weird coming-of-age romance that seems to be squashed into the trailer so awkwardly. I never felt that the kid who talks to the Once-ler needed to have a backstory. I’m also concerned about how emotionally manipulative the trailer music is. Already the filmmakers seem to be beating the audience over the head with their message about protecting trees. Though I agree with the message, that kind of heavy-handedness always makes me want to go litter or something, just to be ornery.

Any hope I have for this film comes from the filmmaker’s brilliant choice to cast Danny DeVito as the voice of the Lorax. I never would have picked him, but all the same it just feels right. If anyone can take treacle out of a movie, it would be him. Plus his delivery makes stale lines like “That’s a woman?” sound more amusing than they deserve. So I’ll give it a chance when it comes out if I hear good things, but I’m expecting to be disappointed.

1 Comment

  1. Sweets says:

    I already have an opinion on this movie based on the trailer. I already hate this movie because they’re going to give the original story an ending that Dr. Seuss intended it not to have- the idea was ending it at a point to say- “Now it’s your turn to do something”. Now let me name a few more reasons why I already dislike this movie that you have touched on.

    I have nothing against Taylor Swift, but the fact she is not just in the movie but a love interest implies she’s going to do the same thing she did to Romeo and Juliet- which really ticks me off. Secondly as much as I do actually like the cartoony movement, I can already tell it’s going to a funny story until the very end of the movie when it’s a race against time. It’s too safe ALREADY.

    The original as a kid really stuck with me for several reason, and this movie ignores them all. It doesn’t feel like the same movie at all and it makes me very sad.With all this said, I’ve never been so against a movie before, so I have to go see it. I HOPE it proves me wrong.

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