logan j. fowler and bill bodkin look at the new Seussical adaptation …
Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Undecided.
*Sigh* Okay, so, I’m torn here. Really, really torn. Why, may you ask? Well, The Lorax is my favorite Dr. Seuss book — nay, my FAVORITE. BOOK. EVER. Yes, it’s a children’s book, but it does so much with the content within. If you haven’t read it, I recommend you should.
Now, the movie adaptation of the book is visually appealing. It looks a lot like the art drawn by the doctor himself. But I am severely worried from what I saw in the trailer that they are going to completely forget the point of the book by fleshing out the movie way too much. I’d love, LOVE to be wrong here. I’d be more happy if I was wrong, that Hollywood won’t destroy a classic story by a beloved author. However, out of the three previous movies based on Dr. Seuss’ stories, Horton Hears A Who is the only one I can say was more than decent — it was actually pretty good. It stuck pretty tight to the moral, and had some fun additional stuff to make a short story a feature-length film.
However, while I loved Horton, The Lorax could easily lose the underlying element meant by the book when in movie form. I already don’t like what I’m seeing from the brief clips shown online, but I want to be wrong about the movie being a horrible adaptation. I guess the element of surprise still resides inside me — I’ll be checking The Lorax out, one way or another, just for the sake of that alone.
Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? No Thanks.
Normally, I’m open to watching any movie, and I’m sure down the road, especially with having two young nieces, that I’ll eventually watch The Lorax. However, until that day arrives, I’ll take a pass. The vocal cast of Zach Efron, Taylor Swift and the — can we please say it — overexposed Betty White, does not entice me at all. The plot looks like an absolutely absurd way to stretch out a very short children’s story. I’m sure this’ll have a couple of decent laughs, but nothing in this trailer is even sparking a remote amount of interest in this film.