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Reviews Comments: Film-Too much of a good thing The Lorax film/book review by phoenixdaughter AM

Here's what works well. The visuals are stunning, the Once-ler's expansion of charater is great and Grandma is awesome. What fails is the fact that this is that the focus is too much on the Once-ler, I wasn't able to gather so much sympathy for Ted. And the villan is cartoonish to the extreme, especally since we have an example of another business big-wig in this film. So good to see in theaters, not so much for a DVD rental. Still is very Suess-ish and keeps to the main aseop so don't let the rabid fanbase get to you. And the fish are coolest animals in the bunch.


  • ManwiththePlan
  • 2nd Mar 12
What about Audry? Or heck, the Lorax himself?

Personally, I just like that they gave Ted a character at all because just being a random boy with no characterization or motive like he was in the original story would not have worked.
  • phoenixdaughterAM
  • 3rd Mar 12
The Lorax actually come off a bit of a jerk in some scenes. Kinda like how real-life green enthusests can be. Standrard Granola Girl. I don't mind her inclusion but it does kinda bug me on how she knows about trees.

Oh and Ted's good. As I said, I don't mind Audery being the main reason why he was intally interested in trees because quite honestly, that's what boys would do, as noted in-story. And you do get the sense that he does care for the Once-ler and wants to help him outside of just impressing Audery.
  • ManwiththePlan
  • 3rd Mar 12
^ Jerk With A Heart Of Gold I take it? Danny Devito's the voice, so I expected as much.

From the trailers, Audrey seemed kind of...hippie-ish to me. But in a funny way.

I thought for sure Ted was going to end up being related to Once-ler somehow, but apparently not.
  • encrypted12345
  • 3rd Mar 12
I personally think the movie didn't need a complex, realistic villain. Otherwise, the film wouldn't have been so Seuss-like. He's a Strawman Political and the film doesn't suffer from it.
  • ManwiththePlan
  • 3rd Mar 12
^ Well that probably was the point since Once-ler kind of already is our complex, realistic villain here. Still, I wish they'd given O'Hare something more...interesting for his character aside from just being a greedy slimeball.

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