Dr Seuss' The Lorax (U)

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Danny DeVito and Ed Helms in Dr. Seuss's The Lorax

Danny DeVito and Ed Helms in Dr. Seuss's The Lorax

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Jul 24 2012

Successfully filming Dr Seuss is as difficult as getting a toddler to sit for an oil painting. His wiry line drawings and bouncily absurd verse somehow resist being captured off the page, and this rigidly synthetic effort from the ‘Despicable Me’ team fares no better than ‘The Grinch’ and ‘The Cat in the Hat’.

Published in 1972, ‘The Lorax’ is one of Seuss’s bleakest works. An environmentally conscious fable about the perils of non-sustainable industry, it’s cast as a classical battle of wills between The Once-ler, a greedy, deforesting entrepreneur, and The Lorax, a mustachioed critter who acts as nature’s guardian. Writers Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul, who previously failed to nail Seuss in ‘Horton Hears a Who!’, have retained the noble moral but added a litany of car chases, pratfalls, wacky grandmas and pint-sized villains to ensure twenty-first-century tykes aren’t bored getting to it.

The Lorax himself may ‘speak for the trees’, and he’s voiced with some zest by Danny DeVito – but amid all this plasticky clutter, he scarcely gets a word in edgeways. The result is about as factory-produced a film as it’s possible to make about the evils of commercialism, while the bulbous, Haribo-hued animation style reflects none of Seuss’s visual wit.

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Rated:

U

UK release:

Fri Jul 27, 2012

Duration:

86 mins

Cast and crew

Voices:

Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron

Screenwriter:

Kyle Balda, Ken Daurio

Director:

Chris Renaud

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Nat

I can't stand this movie. It's Unbearable. Shallow and ugly characters and no heart.

Tanya

I live in the States, and I have to say this movie has been a favorite in my house for over a year. Early on, my son (who was less than 2 years) watched with more focus than anything else. The visuals are great for little ones! Whether or not they nailed The Dr's cartoon style, I see it as an appropriate adaptation for our time. It keeps attention and delivers the basic message well. My son now says "oh no!" when the first and last trees fall. I feel that alone shows it has made some impact on how he views the world and nature, and hopefully he will carry and develop that basic concern with him as he grows. Thank you, Lorax!

Tanya

I live in the States, and I have to say this movie has been a favorite in my house for over a year. Early on, my son (who was less than 2 years) watched with more focus than anything else. The visuals are great for little ones! Whether or not they nailed The Dr's cartoon style, I see it as an appropriate adaptation for our time. It keeps attention and delivers the basic message well. My son now says "oh no!" when the first and last trees fall. I feel that alone shows it has made some impact on how he views the world and nature, and hopefully he will carry and develop that basic concern with him as he grows. Thank you, Lorax!

Leticia

"The Lorax" gets caught in Hollywood nonsense. Its purpose was to criticize environmental irreversible damage, capitalism and consumerism, but somehow praises this three main topics. It's a very boring and dissapointing film.

Malc

This is a great film, to anyone who doesnt think so watch it again and again and again till you get it. To the person rating it, I found this page by accident and dont trust your rating skills one bit.... you sir/madam should..... you guessed it, watch it again

Malc

This is a great film, to anyone who doesnt think so watch it again and again and again till you get it. To the person rating it, I found this page by accident and dont trust your rating skills one bit.... you sir/madam should..... you guessed it, watch it again

scrumpyjack

Can well understand the frustration at spending £51 on this but truth be known, it's reasonable in a unlimitrd card/bargin Tue (£5.04 at my nearest, so £20 for a family of 4) kind of way. Noisy kids through ad's/trailers, SILENCE (bar giggles) through film. W/E prices taint some opinions, I feel (just as perhaps my unlimited card taints mine?) but it's a 3*..........only just, mind. If you don't have the means, it will make a decent view on BBC1 on boxing day........perhaps that's it's REAL worth (?) 6/10

Sharon

I and my two children aged 6 and 9 loved this crimp. I think the person writing the review when,t got z clue. You have to remember that this is a children's film so maybe it should be reviewed by a child not an adult.

Sharon

I and my two children aged 6 and 9 loved this crimp. I think the person writing the review when,t got z clue. You have to remember that this is a children's film so maybe it should be reviewed by a child not an adult.

Jill

Not happy I wasted my money when my finances are really tight on this film for a treat for my 6 year old daughter. Why do they put films out there that are obviously rubbish and boring!!!

chewypug

just got back from the vue cinems with the wife and kids, what can i say a total waste of money, the worst animated film i have ever seen. £51 wasted, seriously if you are thinking of going to watch this think again, you will regret it.

Ian

The film ladels the environmental message on heavily and as such the film falls between two stools. It isn't really funny or laugh a minute so I imagine younger viewers will find it a bit of a disappointment. On the other hand it isn't earnest enough to satisfy the environmentalists. I found it a disappointment. Those going thinking it will be similar to Despicable Me will be very sadly disppointed.