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external image Dr-Seuss-The-Lorax-starring-Danny-DeVito-Zac-Efron-Ed-Helms-Taylor-Swift-and-Betty-White-Review.jpgThis computer animated 3D film released by Universal pictures and produced by Illumination Entertainment is based on the eponymous book for children by Dr. Seuss. Beginning on the note of love, the film rolls on to revolve around the life of TRed, a young boy, filled with ideals and emotions dwelling in the city of Thneed-Ville. As we watch Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax online, we get to know that apart from its inhabitants, everything else that the city comprised was artificial. He finds his soul grappling with love for this young lady, Audrey, who eventually turns into the girl of his dreams with an inherent passion for real trees. He decides to grow the finest of trees for his love and to fulfill her dream, embarks on a search for seeds. Soon he realizes that the entire city has been cut off from the outside world and seeks the assistance of the lonely character, Once-ler.

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Download Sr. Seuss’ The Lorax movie to hear the recluse narrating his encounter with the charming yet grumpy guardian of the land, Lorax. The moment the young businessman introduces a rebellious invention from the tufts of the native Truffula Tree, serious overproduction takes place, causing depletion to the forest and isolation of Ted’s hometown. Ted is motivated after hearing the whole story to an extent that with the last Truffula Seed, and blessings of Once-ler, Ted moves out to remind people of his town, the important of taking care of and preserving nature. On his way, Ted finds a lot of hatred in store for Lorax within the Mayor and his close accomplices, who knit together a barrier that Ted has to push aside in order to turn successful in his objective.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is one of the most phenomenal animated works ever to be projected on the big screen. The movie is an adaptation of the children’s novel by the same name, written by the deceased and highly acclaimed author, Dr. Seuss. The movie’s release date coincides with the 108th death anniversary of the writer, making it a tribute of sorts to the legacy that he left behind. If you wish to be a part of this honorary celebration, starring the likes of Zac Efron and Taylor Swift, you can watch Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax online to do so.

The movie follows the escapades of its central character, a young boy named Ted, as he sets off on an unlikely mission, in search of a real tree. While that may sound as an easy task in the world that we live in, it is a herculean task in the city of “Thneed-Ville”, which is home to Ted. The city’s peculiarity is that it is sealed from the real world, and the only thing that is not artificial in it is its people. That is why, Ted’s love interest, a lovely girl named Audrey, expresses her greatest wish as the desire to see a real tree. The movie amidst all its fun and 3D frolic, gives us a rather grim glimpse into what the world ahead is likely to be, if we mercilessly keep axing the trees and depleting forests around us. With the fuzzy, yellow creature The Lorax serving as Ted’s sole companion in his challenging mission, and the shady mayor of Thneed-Ville, O’Hare leaving no stone unturned to wreak havoc over their efforts, the movie is packed with thrill galore!

external image Zac-Efron-and-Taylor-Swift-in-The-Lorax.jpgDr. Seuss was ahead of his time. A flat-out creative innovator. Cementing his trademark wild and free renderings and rhyming linguistic liberties, 1957's "The Cat in the Hat" brought mainstream children's books into the realm of absurd yet agreeable anarchy. There were many great books in the surrounding years, but with 1971's "The Lorax", the good doctor delivered a moral tale of levelheaded environmentalism before there were such things as eco-politics and environmental activism. And perhaps since Seuss (actually Theodor Seuss Geisel) was quoted having said, "kids can see a moral coming a mile off," he boldly left the tale unresolved, with only the possibility of hope. A few years later, the author teamed with his friend, animation genius Chuck Jones, to faithfully and memorably adapt "The Lorax" into an animated short.

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Cut to now: The makers of "Despicable Me" (a fine and funny film in its own right) have seen fit to take on "The Lorax" via three dimensional computer animation. The result is a clearly pained effort to please everyone. The film strives to be loyal to the source material, but also wants to pander to children in an obnoxiously modern, completely non-Seuss-ian way. Even if one is unfamiliar with the book (and one shouldn't ever need to be familiar with source material in order to enjoy an adaptation), this clashing dichotomy breeds failure at the core of the movie. These filmmakers may understand that Dr. Seuss' sensibility was wacky, but the adaptation they ended up making is tonally whacked. Now we have Dr. Seuss in 3D, reminding us that he wasn't just ahead of his time - he's in your face!!! The wizened old Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito, reasonably typecast) may look the same in his CG form, but this version is loud and combative whereas the original was all about slow-burn truth saying and passive justice. We know that eventually, the Once-ler gives Ted the very last seed of the very last tree. But what happens after that? A crazy 3D high speed chase, of course!

The actual story of the film is all-new, consisting of a young boy named Ted's (voice of Zac Efron) quest to win the heart of a girl (Audrey, doing little more than enabling the plot, voiced by Taylor Swift) by bringing her a rarely glimpsed, perhaps mythical thing called a "tree". They all live in a "Truman Show"-like domed, sealed town called Thneedville that is completely artificial, right down to the inflatable bushes and light bulb trees that adorn the yards. Ted's mother explains to him how a light bulb tree is superior to a real tree by shifting the light colors at the push of a button: "We have winter, spring, summer... and disco!" (Needle-drop "The Hustle" as a glitter ball emerges and she does a little dance. Yeah.)

external image downloadWatchBtn_a.pngCorporate greed has come a long way since 1971, and the filmmakers acknowledge that with a newly created villain, a sawed-off mogul named Mr. O'Hare (Rob Riggle). O'Hare has mastered the art of creating circular corporate dependence with his O'Hare Air, a company that is too big to fail. (A sign says so!) O'Hare has made a fortune selling clean air to the people of smog-filled Thneedville, and now has a plan to push it to the next level by selling them bottled air (since market research shows that people will buy something if it's in a plastic bottle), a product of his factories that are directly responsible for the smog in the first place. As long as everyone stays happy in their domed city with their fake trees - and no real ones, since they make clean air on their own! - all will continue as is, and Mr. O'Hare will only grow richer. Unlike the Once-ler's downfall, there is no finite end to his raw materials - he's literally selling people nothing. Eco-irresponsibility was the Once-ler's weakness, actual knowledge and a motivated populace is O'Hare's. Any way you look at it, it's all greed-driven - and kids can see that from a mile away.

As Ted must go convince the banished Once-ler to help him in his quest, the film becomes a sort of "The Silence of the Lambs" for kids. Ted is Clarice, the Once-ler is Hannibal Lecter, and O'Hare is Jame Gumb. It's tempting call the Thneedville/O'Hare portions "bookends" or "framework" to the book's story, which is reduced to a glorified flashback that eats up the prolonged middle of the film, but that's not right. The flashback is wedged into the center of the film, and is meant to explain first and foremost what happened to all the authentic trees and pure nature, and perhaps secondly, to make some sort of point about cyclical human greed and rampant disregard for our planet. The previously unseen Once-ler (the regretful character who once upon a time indulged in nature-destroying greed in order to mass-produce Thneeds, a product no one needed) is now striped of his mystery (which always sent my imagination surging as kid) and is given a human face and the disingenuous voice of Ed Helms. In most any other film, the content detailed in the Once-ler's flashback would run five, maybe ten minutes tops. But since this adaptation exists only because of the iconic source material, it gets decompressed as the movie's newly fabricated macro story is put on hold. The Once-ler essentially says so much, repeatedly prodding the boy that if he wants the tree, he has to sit through this story. (Hey, I sat through it, too - do I get a tree?)

external image Lorax-onceler.jpgWhere most children's films of the past few decades are compelled to preach about things like tolerance and environmentalism, "The Lorax" takes this notion a step further by deeply questioning the very way many people live their lives. (That is, pacified and blitzed out in a consumer culture, checked out from an increasingly artificial world.) It's bit of a bold move for a film like this to turn the mirror towards ourselves, revealing such an uncomfortable reality, even if it is only for isolated moments. What we end up with, perhaps amusingly, is practically a cinematic call to arms. As noble as this endeavor may be, it's utterly botched in the heavy-handed execution.

"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" is colorful and bright, with 3D that's actually not a waste (even if director Chris Renaud's use of it isn't as clever as what he was doing in "Despicable Me"). Certainly the late Theodor Geisel would approve of that aspect. But the problems inherent in the bungled sensibility of "The Lorax" film are fundamentally unsettling, leading one to question the true motivations behind Seuss' estate's in licensing their patriarch's work all over Hollywood. George Clooney's relatives in "The Descendents" can't help but come to mind, especially as we consider this ham-fisted CG diatribe against greed. If that double standard isn't clear enough, the Lorax character can currently be seen hawking fuel-guzzling cars on commercials. We are all children of the age of corporate greed, but hopefully by looking at this film from all sides, we too can see the true moral from a mile away.
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Apr 7, 2012

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The long-running war between the titans and the gods is at its peak, and havoc is unleashed on earth. The gods have been weakened by the lack of devotion among humans, making the stakes grow in favor of the titans. The imprisoned titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, threaten to escape from the deep-lying dungeons that they have been left to rot in. The sons of Kronos, Zeus, Hades and Poseidon, have abandoned their father, and are now on the side of the gods.Watch Wrath of the Titans online to see what happens next when Hades and Zeus’ godly son Ares switch loyalties, deciding to pair with Kronos, and capture Zeus. This infuriates Zeus’ demigod son, Perseus, who has decided to leave behind his life of raging battles, in live peacefully with his 10-year old son,

Helius, as a village fisherman. As you download Wrath of the Titans, you shall see Perseus making the drastic decision of returning to the battlefield, to avenge the disloyalty of his brother and Uncle, and to save his father from their deceit. He is accompanied by the warrior Queen Andromeda, Poseidon's demigod son, Argenor, and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy) in this treacherous mission. The movie offers a gripping blend of action, adventure, thrill and sci-fi, making for a must-have in every movie buff’s collection. You can watch full Wrath of the Titans to make the most of this superbly-crafted tale by Jonathan Liebesman. The movie’s stunning special effects make it all the more enthralling, while the suspense of who will finally emerge victorious in this war keeps you on the edge of your seat right through the last shot!

Watch Wrath of the Titans online to witness the epic battle between the Titans, Gods and Demigods. Ten years post the first clash, Perseus, the demigod, is living a life of fisherman in a quiet village with his ten-year-old son, Helius. The defeat of the evil Kraken took place ten years ago. The struggle that has commenced again now is again between the Gods and the defeated Titans. Yet again the underworld gofers are back to spread the wrath of the evil on the planet Earth as well as effect purity of heavens. The rage between the Gods and Titans has begun. At the same time, humans are losing faith in the existence and supremacy of Gods.

The incarcerated leader of the titans, Kronos is ready to take his revenge from his own sons, Zeus, Hades and Poseidon, who usurped their father long ago and left him in the dark deep hole of Tartarus . But the blow to the Gods is when Hades and Zeus’ own son, Ares trades their loyalty and team with Kronos to captivate Zeus and extricate his powers. Perseus comes to the rescue of Zeus and the world to be darkened with the powers of evil. Download Wrath of the Titans to witness Perseus strategy that leads him to make Andromeda, Hephaestus and Argenor to undertake the mission to rout the Titans and protect Zeus and Earth from being submerged in the darkened world of devil.

“Wrath of the Titans” should more accurately be called “Math of the Titans.”  It exists solely due to the simple math Warner Bros. used when 2010′s “Clash of the Titans” earned upwards of $160 million in North American box office receipts and nearly half-a-billion dollars worldwide.

Like “Clash of the Titans” before it, “Wrath of the Titans” is based on characters and settings from Greek mythology, but not specific stories from Greek mythology.  My major complaint about “Clash of the Titans” is simple: it stank, in part because it was converted to 3D as an afterthought  The result?  A headache-inducing effect that rendered the action nearly unwatchable.

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Half-a-billion dollars in earnings, though, also earns you the right to try again.  And with “Wrath of the Titans” they do better — on a few levels, at least.

“Wrath” takes place ten years after Perseus (Sam Worthington) defeated the monster Kraken in “Clash.” Instead of taking his rightful place as a legendary demigod, he’s decided to live his life as a humble fisherman. When we meet him again, he’s a widower raising his son Helius, hoping to shield the young man from the petty nature of the Greek gods, as well as the perils of formulaic writing, overacting and gratuitous 3D.

Zeus (Liam Neeson) visits Perseus unannounced, warning his son that the Greek gods are losing their power because the people have stopped praying to them.  This is an issue because Kronos, father of Zeus, Poseidon and Hades (Ralph Fiennes), is trying to stage a comeback and destroy the world, and Zeus is hoping his brothers, plus sons Ares and Perseus, will join him to defeat Kronos.

Perseus doesn’t exactly refuse to help but feels his human half makes him inadequate for the task.  That’s when Zeus drops a thunderbolt of knowledge on his son: “You will learn someday that being half-human makes you stronger than a god.”

On that note, Zeus leaves Perseus to meet Poseidon and Ares in Tartarus, realm of Hades, hoping to recruit them, but the god of the underworld has other ideas.  Hades and Ares kill brother/uncle Poseidon and take brother/papa Zeus prisoner, intending to help grandpa/great-grandpa Kronos destroy the world.

Yes, even the gods can benefit from a good family therapist.

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Now comes Perseus to save the day, aided on his journey by Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and his cousin Agenor, the disappointing demigod son of Poseidon who’s played rather brilliantly by Toby Kebbell.

In the end, all the fuss makes “Wrath of the Titans” a considerably better movie-going experience than “Clash of the Titans,” but that’s not saying much.  The 3D in “Wrath of the Titans” is fantastic but the story and action is nothing we haven’t seen before. Then again, why expect anything more from a sequel so clearly meant to make money, and achieve little else.

Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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