Other title(s): Dr Seuss’ The Lorax
Malaysia release date: 8 March 2012
Running Time: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Director: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Cast: Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Betty White
Synopsis: “From the Makers of Despicable Me. Despite warnings from the tree-loving Lorax, a greedy entrepreneur strips a forest of its stock of Truffula trees to manufacture clothing” (United International Pictures).
Verdict: I was personally hoping that this one would be at least more hilarious than Despicable Me (2010; produced, written and directed by the same bunch of people) but it turned out worse in every aspect. I actually almost fell asleep. The Lorax is colourfully unengaging and uncreative. It lacks of fresh humour, impressive animation, rememberable characters and good music. Dr Seuss had a message to get across with this story but unfortunately, this adaptation is too weak to even entertain its viewers sufficiently.
The most hilarious scene… is the part that’s already shown on the trailer itself – “You wouldn’t hit a woman!”, “That’s a woman…?!”
The Lorax looks like… an old Garfield. When I first saw the poster, I thought it’s going to be a Garfield spinoff about his grandfather.
To watch in 3D? Unnecessary. There just isn’t much to justify why viewers should pay a little bit more for nothing that’s visually amazing. The subtitles, annoyingly, stands out more than anything else.
Rating: 1 / 5
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Spot the Despicable Me “minion”: One can be seen in the drawer of Ted (Zac Efron).
The Lorax sucks as the guardian of the land: He should just have a long thorough chat with Once-ler (Ed Helms) to explain to him what would happen if there weren’t any trees instead of just having him promise not to chop down any more. The film also doesn’t say what exactly is The Lorax (Danny DeVito) and where he is from.
Thneed-Ville education? Don’t they have basic biology or science classes at school to teach about photosynthesis? Do they even go to school at all? Doesn’t seem like it. Then how come Audrey (Taylor Swift) knows so much? I think even if I was much younger when I watch this movie, I would still ask these questions.
Incompetent villain: Ted still manages to get out of town easily despite being warned by O’Hare (Rob Riggle) that he has eyes everywhere. Then somehow he just knows when Ted has just gotten the Truffula Seed from Once-ler. I think the writers of this production should be blamed for their laziness.
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Special thanks to Benjamin Foo and Chee Chingy for the invitations to the premiere screening of the film.