Movie: The Lorax
See it: Now on DVD
Run time: 86 minutes
Production: Universal Pictures
Reviewer: Joseph Akers, 13
Verdict: Buy the soundtrack and rent it... twice!
Joeden stars: 3/5
DR SEUSS'S The Lorax has the voices of Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Betty White and the spectacular Danny DeVito.
The music and lyrics are written by John Powell, who has done music for many animated films including Antz, Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2, Shrek and Rio.
The Lorax is directed by Chris Renaud who also directed oDespicable Me and will direct the upcoming Despicable Me sequel.
The vocal talents are great, but, I have heard better.
Danny DeVito plays the Lorax extremely well... the best fit for a character all year.
Ed Helms did a good job, but it sometimes felt as if he didn't do good enough.
Zac Efron does an awesome job introducing his character, but after a while you kind of get bored listening to him, as his voice is not different then it was in the High School Musical films or The Lucky One which was released earlier this year (High School Musical and the Lucky One aren't worth your time, by the way).
It would seem Betty White and Taylor Swift are there so that the studio can put their name on the poster.
The script is very well written in the first act, but in the second and third, it kind of loses its steam.
I feel that the screenwriters found it hard to introduce the Lorax character, as he wasn't developed properly.
We knew nothing about him. The screenwriters do a great job of trying to get a message across about the environment and how it isn't getting maintained properly.
The directing is good, but it doesn't take itself seriously, and it goes crazy at times.
The director adds some energy to the movie, and makes it more fun as well as using beautiful colors to make this possible.
Now, the most enjoyable things about the Lorax film is the music and the animation.
Both are done so well, John Powell's score for this film is absolutely brilliant. And the animators did a great job making the movie full of color.
Overall Dr Seuss's The Lorax is only really a one to rent as it doesn't really take itself seriously and loses its steam, mostly in its third act.