Released March 2, 2012
Directed By Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Starring Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms, Betty White, and Rob Riggle
The Lorax…it will rake in some cash, let me tell you, using Dr. Seuss’s book of the same name as a template. The sad fact is that The Lorax just doesn’t live up to the hype or to it’s book counterpart. The premise is good, don’t get me wrong, but the way the story unfolds really does damage. The film’s plot is hidden behind furry teddy bears and big name actors. It’s a classic example of a good old Hollywood production glazing.
The film is simply too eager to please, making it an overall disappointment from what it was expected to be. It lacks originality and doesn’t ever go out on a limb, remaining safe with it’s mediocre story line. The overall message the film sends is all well and good, but it’s failure to actually send the message is where it gets hurt most. No one can deny The Lorax’s sheer beauty and charm though, and it’s top notch actors, who all do a great job, given the source material. The characters are all subtly unique and are a joy to watch. The film provides laughs where it should and does a good job overall with its cute humor. The Lorax character himself is a letdown, not ever to be taken seriously and not playing too big of a role. All in all, The Lorax will be enjoyed by children, regardless of its downfalls. It’s a film with cute humor, great actors, funny characters and beautiful animation.