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Review: The Lorax

March 3, 2012

The Lorax

  • Starring: the vocal talent of Zac Efron (High School Musical), Taylor Swift (Valentine’s Day) and Danny DeVito (Taxi)
  • Directed by: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
  • Synopsis: “From the creators of Despicable Me and the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes the 3D-CG feature Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, an adaptation of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope.  The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams.  To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.” (collider)
  • Rated: PG for brief mild language
  • Trailer:

In the spirit of “Seuss-ology”, here is my rhymerrific review of The Lorax! Enjoy. :)

Boys and girls, come, all must draw near.

A wonderful tale you need to hear.

Here’s a review for you Jills and Jacks

To learn all you want about The Lorax.

This film full of animation and wonder

Tells two stories much like any other.

One of a boy seeking to impress a girl,

The other -a message of saving…and changing the world.

A visual feast enjoyable to all.

To watch both stories unfold you will have a ball.

The bears, the fish, the whatchyamadoos,

The non-speaking characters will have you in use

Of your hands as you reach to comfort your side

From so much laughter impossible to hide.

While continuous blatant environment-saving

Messages do the finger-pointing and blaming

Of those who harm the rainforest and such

It can, at times, be a bit much.

But humor swoops in and as adventures arise

We hope for both heroes to then earn their prize.

One wants the girl, the other: redemption

From previous mistakes after lost intervention.

The Lorax attempted to save all the trees,

But so many fell, and they fell so with ease

The audience interest is most captured when seen

Are the animals, the Lorax, and a teen (or a “tween”).

The rest of the tale falls flatter than when

The picture these creatures have thus entered in.

Tho, what’s the big fuss?

To see it’s a must.

The Lorax…you just have to see it…or bust!

From fantastic visuals to colorful scenes,

From musical numbers that either bother or please,

This film is quite fun, check it out in 3D

You’ll like it whether you’re 87 or 3.

A joy for all ages. Don’t be a stiff, like a tree,

Check it out, the trees there are much more pretty.

From beginning to end you will not be bored.

Go see it. Or the Lorax will come. “You’ve been warned.”

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

Score:  3.5 out of 5 stars for The Lorax (Look for the cameo Minion from Despicable Me in the film!)

-T, The Focused Filmographer


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  1. March 3, 2012 6:29 pm

    LOL. That was awesome, man. You’re a man after my own heart running with a gimmick like that! VERY enjoyable review. Had to reshare this one :D

    I agree. I know you and I were both leading the parade prior to release, and unfortunately I wasn’t able to A++ it either. But it was still really good, and highly recommendable!

    When bloggers use rhyme to write their reviews
    It turns out more fun for the readers, it’s true!
    So here’s a cheer for the focused filmographer
    Who turned out to be a great Lorax Biographer!

    • March 3, 2012 6:32 pm

      Hey! Thanks man! What a great rhyme! a “Lorax Biographer!” Love it man.

      A fun film to enjoy. Yes, I wanted to give it a 5, but could not. Glad you enjoyed it too. and thanks for resharing it. Always appreciate the love from the Fogs!

      • March 3, 2012 6:43 pm

        LOL. You deserved it man, this was above and beyond the call of duty. :D

  2. Courtney Edwards permalink
    March 3, 2012 6:39 pm

    What a clever

    • March 3, 2012 11:31 pm

      always appreciated Courtney. Thank you.

      • Courtney Edwards permalink
        March 4, 2012 6:16 pm

        Didn’t quite finish that comment! lol clever…way to do this review! :)

      • March 5, 2012 5:53 pm

        :) its all good. Thank u for the kind words! I enjoyed writing this!

  3. March 3, 2012 7:05 pm

    Impressive effort, man. Very fun to read, and I’m in agreement with you about the film.

    • March 3, 2012 11:31 pm

      I am glad that you enjoyed the review. Kind words. Thanks.

  4. TheSilkSpectre permalink
    March 3, 2012 8:07 pm

    Haha! I love it! Very impressive, best friend!

    • March 3, 2012 11:31 pm

      :) Why thank you very much Best Friend! Glad you enjoyed it so.

  5. March 3, 2012 8:43 pm

    Most rhythmic movie review i’ve read ;)

    Btw i replied to your question about who from the Lorax i put into my pitch. The pitch has actually already been posted…whenever you get around to reading it i would love to know you’re opinion of it. I will be sure to read yours when you post it :)

    • March 3, 2012 11:33 pm

      ah! well, first of all…thank you very much sir.

      secondly, it now makes sense for the random tweet of “Zac Efron.” I was trying to understand that and had completely forgotten the question I had posed to you. haha.

      I will be getting around to reading your pitch I assure you. I am finishing up mine and can’t wait to share it as well. Thanks for the heads up man.

  6. March 4, 2012 5:06 am

    Poem review, wow!~ Minion appears in this movie? o.O

    • March 5, 2012 5:49 pm

      Glad u enjoyed the review. Yes there is a minion hidden! Time for some hide and seek!

  7. March 4, 2012 10:29 am

    I love this review, T. You showed your love for Dr. Seuss in this one. I have to share it. I wanted to see this over weekend, but things came up. Maybe later this week.

    • March 5, 2012 5:50 pm

      Hey. Thanks so much Max. I look forward to your thoughts. Thanks for sharing and commenting!

  8. March 4, 2012 11:30 am

    I love it! Fancy way of delivering a review Terrence :D Doubt I will watch this though, seems like a kids movie and that’s what I hate about most US animations.

    • March 5, 2012 5:51 pm

      Thanks for the compliment, Castor. Btw, did you watch Arrietty?

  9. Deb Cuellar permalink
    March 4, 2012 6:22 pm

    Very creative & fun, thanks! Can’t wait to see it!

    • March 5, 2012 5:54 pm

      Thank you very much. I can’t wait for you to see it too!

  10. March 4, 2012 8:03 pm

    Great review, man! Awesome stuff. Can’t wait to see this film!

    • March 5, 2012 5:55 pm

      Rodney, thanks man. I hope you enjoy it. I was looking forward to this one so much!

  11. March 4, 2012 11:56 pm

    I don’t know if I’m going to check this movie. But perhaps I’ll buy the dvd later for my nephew/niece :) Unique write-up. Thanks for sharing!

    • March 5, 2012 5:56 pm

      What a nice gift to give. Thanks for commenting!

  12. March 5, 2012 1:09 am

    Creative review T! Fun to read. Looking forward to seeing this movie with the kids, I’m sure they will love it.

    • March 5, 2012 5:57 pm

      Haha. Thanks Scott. Kind words. Hope you and the fam greatly enjoy and share fun laughs.

  13. March 5, 2012 2:32 am

    HAHAHAH T, you are a star. Never do I come here and read a boring review. Always mixing it matey! Love it

    I know my girls will love this film when it comes this side of the pond.

  14. March 5, 2012 12:27 pm

    Hi, Terrance and company:

    Having been too old for and never read any ‘Dr. Seuss’
    Your review seems neither oblique or obtuse
    Though Orange is a color that grates and rarely pleases
    Its eco friendly message appears quite dated and wheezes
    I think I’ll don my old Cammies and tint my tanned, many pallor
    With brown and green face paint and enjoy ‘Act of Valor’!

    • March 5, 2012 6:00 pm

      Haha. A rather clever response. Why thank you Jack. Enjoy Act of Valor. Although I think you still could do better with another choice! :D

  15. March 5, 2012 3:03 pm

    Fun review, T! Very nicely done!

    • March 5, 2012 6:01 pm

      Eric. Thanks sir. Will you be watching The Lorax anytime soon?

      • March 5, 2012 6:05 pm

        I may give it a rental. At first I didn’t plan on seeing it at all, but all of these positive reviews have me thinking otherwise…

  16. March 6, 2012 8:39 am

    Lol…I love ur creative take with this review!!! ~clapping~ We agree with how visually remarkable this film is, but I wasn’t as entertained as you were. I thought the movie was super cute, but the few things that bothered me about it, bothered me to know end. There should have been more of the Lorax thats for sure. It is good enough for the family though, it was just ok for me…lol

    • March 6, 2012 9:49 pm

      Thanks Taj!

      Yes, all in all though, it was quite enjoyable. a lot better than Cat in a Hat with Mike Myers! haha

  17. March 6, 2012 4:18 pm

    Haha, love this review, T! :D

    I’m not sure I’ll see this but it does sound like great fun.

    • March 6, 2012 9:52 pm

      Thanks so much Claire. It was so fun to write up.

  18. March 13, 2012 11:08 am

    I finally went and saw a movie, Terrence (the first one since I saw Country Strong with you lol) and I had to run back to my computer and see what you had said about it.

    I honestly went in to the Lorax thinking I wouldn’t like it because the book was sacred to my childhood. I know a lot was changed in the translation, but I don’t think it destroyed the heart of the story.

    The whole environment/political message wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but I think WALL-E incorporated it better within the story. I wish more of the story had been about the animals and Ted, instead of the Once-ler.

    Overall, it was a good movie and I agree with your rating. I enjoyed the poem review as well.

    - Sarah :)

    • March 13, 2012 11:11 am

      Sarah! so awesome to read your comment this morning! Thanks for stopping in.

      Didn’t realize it had been so long since you saw a movie. I am a bad friend. I should invite you more often…sorry. :D

      Glad you enjoyed The Lorax. I think your thoughts on the message in relation to Wall-E’s way of doing so is pretty spot on. I wanted to see more of the animals myself too.

      Thanks for taking the time to read the review. It was fun to write. Didn’t realize you had a page on WordPress. Glad to see it. I will be adding it to my blogroll!

      • March 13, 2012 1:24 pm

        You’re not a bad friend, I’m just a bad movie-goer :) The WordPress blog is new and we’ll see how long it lasts. I’m committed to the purpose, but we’ll see how faithful I am when it comes to writing about my adventure. See you around.

      • March 13, 2012 3:15 pm

        hooray!

  19. April 10, 2012 6:16 pm

    I’m always late to a party and boy what a bash! Loved the poem review! Too bad it wasn’t out of this world but great as compared to excellent is still good. hehe, Cheers!

    • April 11, 2012 10:38 pm

      Thank you for your kind compliments on my review my friend.

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