Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective. Enjoy!
High Desert Daily
(Victorville) The mind of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, has brought forth some of the most imaginative tales ever made. The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! are just a few of his visually brilliant tales matched with a melodic rhythm. Many have seen the silver screen in the past decade or so, and now it is time to add one more to that list: the story of the fuzzy orange fellow known as the Lorax.
Brought to life by Illumination Studios, the minds behind Despicable Me and distributed by Universal Pictures, The Lorax has always been a child’s story with a strong meaning. The tale focuses on the destruction of the wilderness in order for factories to take their place, and the impact that has on all in the surroundings. It’s a strong message for a children’s book, let alone an animated feature film, but it is done in a manner that will touch all who view it, young or old.
The film has a celebrity filled cast, with Danny DeVito as the mustached Lorax, a guardian of the forest. Zac Efron (High School Musical) plays the hero of the story, Ted. Ted’s hometown, Thneed-Ville, is an artificial city encased by a massive wall. The city’s wealthiest businessman and Mayor is O’Hare, who has made a fortune by charging for fresh air. The journey begins when Ted decides to go out and search for a real life tree to impress the girl of his dreams, Audrey (Taylor Swift). His search brings him to the Once-Ler (Ed Helms), the only one who knows what happened to the trees. From there is when we see the Lorax, and his efforts to stop the destruction of his home.
The true beauty of the film comes from the designs: from the characters to the creatures and the lush environments, the imagery is a feast for the eyes. It is one of the most visually stunning animated films I have ever seen, and I have seen many, many films in my time. The trees, the greenery, even the walled city of Thneed-Ville all have a unique, fantastic look. The animals, like the fish, bears, and birds, all exude character and make the film that much more memorable.
I was fortunate enough to see the 3D version of the film, and let me say that it is well worth the price of admission. I have constantly stated that animated films make for the best 3D experiences, and The Lorax proves my point. The 3D is handled in such a manner that it truly adds to the viewing experience. Take my word for it and see it in 3D, you will be glad you did.
Animated films like The Lorax have been pushing the bar of quality for the last few years. I felt Despicable Me and Megamind were two of the greatest CGI animated films ever made, but now I feel the need to add The Lorax to that list. A great film with a great meaning, The Lorax will stand the test of time as one of the must see films of this generation.