MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Lorax’ entertains, delivers message

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” is a salute to conservation wrapped in colorful and entertaining animation.
Ted (voice of Zac Efron) lives in a plastic world, where people pay for clear air. He wants to impress Audrey (Taylor Swift), who really wants to see a real, live tree.
The problem is trees vanished from the world generations ago, and most people don’t miss them. The improved trees change colors on command and a special model has a disco feature. Snazzy.
Ted breaks out of town and finds The Once-ler (Ed Helms). He’s a hermit now, but he used to be a young capitalist with a dream of turning trees into “thneeds,” products with infinite uses.
The Once-ler tells Ted how he cut down his first tree and caused The Lorax (Danny DeVito) to appear.
The Lorax, who speaks for the trees, tries to convince The Once-ler to abandon his big-business dreams and live in peace with the cute woodland creatures.
Since we know what Ted’s world is like – it’s called Thneedville, by the way – we can guess The Lorax will probably lose this debate.
Ted represents the hope of a new generation, and he clearly resonated with my kids, who are 9 and 7. They both gave the film A pluses.
“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” is funny at parts, and there are elaborate song-and-dance numbers that get the theater hopping. The film also delivers some of that enduring Dr. Seuss worldplay that many of us love.
I left the theater entertained, but slightly annoyed by the over-the-top message. However, I’m a little torn because I think most of us could be better stewards of the Earth. You, of course, are free to decide for yourself.
I give “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” a B.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
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Kelli Karlson 106.7. She gives “The Lorax” an A minus. “I felt a little manipulated, but had a good time.”