In 2008 Joss Whedon and gang release Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog on the internet for free. A three act musical that follows Dr. Horrible as he attempts to finally be accepted into the Evil League of Evil.
I’m not sure when I actually saw this movie for the first time, I am usually late to the party, but it was still up on YouTube and fully accessible. I have to assume I found it by searching for Neil Patrick Harris, Dr. Horrible himself. I knew Nathan Fillion from a little show called, no not Firefly, but Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place.
And I’m embarrassed to admit that I had no idea who Felicia Day was at the time. A few years back she was on one of Kevin Smith’s many podcasts talking about her role in the movie and her past experience with Joss in Buffy and her own web show, The Guild. Since then I have been a mega fan of hers and her company Geek and Sundry. So if we add it up, I knew Joss from Buffy (you can read here how I found Mr. Whedon when I was in the African Desert), had no clue who Felicia was, knew Fillion from an old defunct sitcom and only stumbled upon the YouTube video because NPH was, is and forever will be the man.
There are so many things I love about this movie, but these are three that I always smile at:
- “Sarcasm, wow, that’s original.” Dr. Horrible looks off for a second realizing the irony of his statement
- “A mans got to do what a mans got to do…” I’ve been singing that all weekend. I got some strange looks at my daughter’s birthday party.
I have to confess that I am a tiny bit of a snob when it comes to musicals. I grew up just outside of New York City in Jersey and saw a number of Broadway shows in my youth. Even as recent as this year I went up to NYC to see a show with my wife. Broadway talent is second to none. That is why when a celebrity takes to the stage, they better be good, because everyone around them, even those in the chorus are Class A performers. I knew NPH was good to go, since he has been in a number of Broadway productions, such as Rent, but I was not aware of Nathan Fillion’s or Felicia Day’s theatrical chops. As you can guess, they knock it out of the park.
All in all, this is one of the most enjoyable things I have watched in a long time. The short run time of less than 50 minutes means that it is easy to watch and rewatch over and over again. And the music is top notch. I have probably listened to the soundtrack more than I have watched the movie itself. This movie does something very unique by looking at a comic book scenario from the villain’s point of view and, of course, adding the Whedon twist at the end. I fear showing it to other people because if they don’t love it as much as I do then I am not sure how it will affect our relationship. Though I would love to see more Dr. Horrible, I feel that the story can remain as it is and be considered complete. I don’t need a sequel, but I would love to see another story done in the similar context. Whether it happens in the Dr. Horrible universe or something new, I really enjoyed the theatrical touch that the Whedon clan pulled together. Here’s to hoping that now that Joss has handed over the reins to the Marvel Universe that he can have time to do smaller projects like this one.
6 Freeze Rays out of 5. That’s right, I said 6 out of 5.
The fact that I enjoy the soundtrack as much as the movie is the tipping point. I was literally listening to it on the way to work this morning and will probably listen to it again while at work. Everything, from the short run time, to the Whedon twist, to the amazing acting and singing, makes this movie one of my all-time favorites.
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That’s it for June my friends. Next month, we are going to focus solely on fan made movies. I will have a list up this week of what videos we will be checking out.
Until next time, go out and have some fun and don’t forget to check out some of the other topics on this blog, such as Bookworm Tuesday, Anything Can Happen Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and Friday’s Week in Review.