I made three attempts viewing The Lorax before getting through the whole thing; it was just too painful to watch such a meaningful classic about environmental destruction turned into something so crass. It starts with a gooey teenage-love story (featuring pop-culture icons Taylor Swift and Zac Efron) and central-casting villains — in Dr. Seuss, the bad guy is us; in Hollywood, it can’t be thus — and culminates with inane musical numbers. All of Seuss’s poetry is gone. The final insult is having the Lorax himself, a character of poignant wisdom, played by Danny DeVito, whose voice mostly conjures up a crotchety cabbie. Like Jim Carrey’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Mike Myers’ Cat in the Hat, this is a grotesquery of Seuss.
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