Movie Review: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Movie Review: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

PG for mild brief language.
Genre: Adaptation, animated, family, action, adventure
Running Time: 1 hour 34 minutes

Based on the popular 1971 Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax is a story about a boy searching for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. In order to find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming little creature who fights to protect his world.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” 

The Ever Lovable Dr. Seuss

There’s just something about Dr. Seuss that brings the kid out in everyone. This movie not only grabbed the number one spot on the Box Office for its debut weekend but it also topped the dollar list for money making movies so far this year too. Such numbers prove once again that the movie-going-audience is looking for family-friendly movies. I do hope Hollywood starts listening soon. As a kid I grew up with Dr. Seuss. As an adult I read Dr. Seuss books to our kids and now as an empty-nester, I still love Dr. Seuss stories. The rhyming master always brings a smile to my face.

Right out of the gate I want to say to all those screaming foul about a capitalist-environmentalist agenda – “Please take a chill pill”.

Yes they cut down trees, yes The Lorax wants to save the trees, yes it seems like capitalism pushed the extinction of the trees. But if you go into the movie with a slanted view you will miss the entire message of this wonderful movie.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” 

The Lorax is best described as 90 minutes of fun and laughter. It’s colorful, well done and seems to pop off the screen whether you’re seeing it in 3D or on a regular flat screen. Then when you toss in great voice talent, this movie has all the right components to catch and keep the attention of both the young and their parents.

For me the weak talent is Ed Helms who voices the storyteller The Once-ler. It’s sad those involved in The Lorax didn’t work a little harder to find a better storyteller for this very important part. But, aside from Helms, the rest of the voice talent is wonderful with Zac Efron as Ted and Taylor Swift as his love-interest Audrey. Then when you toss in Betty White as Grammy Norma and Danny DeVito voicing the Lorax, this movie crosses generational lines.

Overall we really enjoyed The Lorax. This is a great movie to be enjoyed by the whole family. Forget about the conspiracy theories which abound. For those calling this an agenda driven movie I’d like to ask – “Where are you when there are real agenda driven movies out there?” This movie – while it is true there is an under-current of agenda present – does not compare to other movies which are far worse.

The bottom line is this – The Lorax is a spectacular color bonanza with lots of action, fun times and a great message both adults and kids alike should remember…

“Unless someone like you cares a whole lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” 

Enjoy the show!

Dr. Rus

About the Author

Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.