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Horton Hears a Who: A 4 out of 10 Movie Review

Submitted by on April 14, 2008 – 1:02 pm2 Comments

Here’s another Dr Seuss adapted book transformed into the cinematic realms of movie world. Horton Hear s a Who is the second book of Horton the Elephants’ “adventures”. We are going to start with the bottom line first, so as to keep you on your toes. This movie is cute, okay, blah blah blah. Jim Carrey’s’ dulcet tones are barely noticeable as Horton (a good thing since he claims to be an actor). Steve Carell plays the Mayor of Whoville who is forgettable to say the least. The movie rises above a 2 out of 10 but only just due to its’ unchallenging and dreary story.

Beyond this abuse let’s focus on the er...focus of the movie. This is a kid’s film. My son liked it. Notice I say he liked it, not “loved it”. That’s because it was better than spending the afternoon in the park kicking a football around in the rain. I preferred it to being sat on the head by a chimp taking Viagra who is trying out a new mating dance. That is not to say I liked it. I just preferred it to other things. Whether I preferred it to the next upcoming review of Leatherheads remains to be seen. Overall though, this movie could have been so much more. The characters could have been more developed. The animation is okay, but not brilliant. The Who’s continue to give me nightmares with their misshapen faces. I did enjoy the stressed Kangaroo but am unaware of why anyone is listening to her since the natural questions for me are: 1: why are you in the jungle? and 2: why are you purple? It seems to me that with all the “wonders” of computer animation these studios get so caught up in how pretty they look, they forget about the most crucial thing....the story. This straight to video rubbish we have gotten over the past few years began with the Magic roundabout (or Dougal for our American cousins). That was truly an awful film with some talented voices behind it. Take some time to develop a storyline. Don’t just excrete it quickly from various body orifices. Take your time, like you’re sitting in the bathroom reading the paper. Relax. Breathe. Throw the story in the bin if it’s not good enough. For some unknown reason the world as we know it is obsessed with Dr. Seuss. However, it is important to do the original stories justice by setting appropriate scenes and characters. Predictable cack like this is just not good enough to be produced by film-makers. For all those Dr.Seuss purists out there who think I should rot in hell for that statement, please be assured that I am not attacking the author. I am verbally assaulting the (alleged) moron who decided to use this story without more creative tweaks. Saying this, I did think that the film held up its middle-of-the-road demeanour quite appropriately. The story narrated in rhyme is always something I enjoy. It gives a mystical appeal to it. However, the best thing of this film is with no exception, the vulture named Vlad Vladikoff (not the bunny although that is an amusing joke). He is voiced by Will Arnett and this excellent Wiley Coyote style bad guy should have been given more screen time.

In conclusion, I would have liked to say I expect more from Fox, but then again...I don’t!

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