The Lorax, Film Review
The Lorax, an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ beloved 1971 children’s book of the same title, opened March 2. The movie opened to much success, maintaining the number one spot in the North American box offices for two consecutive weeks.
The Lorax tells the story of 12-year-old Ted Wiggins, a citizen of a town where everything, even the plants, is fake. In order to win the affection of Audrey, the girl he loves, Ted begins searching for the one thing that she desires to see: a real tree. To obtain this goal, he must learn the story of the Lorax, a small and grumpy, yet lovable, creature. Ted ventures into the dreary and desolate world beyond his synthetic town in search for a tree, and on the way he stumbles upon the Lorax, a defender of nature. The Lorax seems surly at first, but Ted eventually realizes how humans destroyed his home and that his resentfulness to them is sensible. Ted and the Lorax quickly set out to restore their once natural world.
The Lorax appealed to all ages, but the message it held, which was very different from that of the original story, was highly disappointing. The Lorax was overall very silly, even for a Dr. Seuss story. It also had almost no connection to Dr. Seuss’ original tale. In addition, while there was a theme of environmentalism, it was not very pronounced and the film seemed to focus merely on trying to be funny. While The Lorax will satisfy children with its bright colors and cheerful songs, older viewers are likely to be disappointed.