Feb 17, 2010

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat: The Movie

Eva and I recently saw Alec Berg's 03 movie version of Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat (featuring the ever adorable Dakota Fanning!!). The movie was creative and artistic and fun, but I really don't recommend it. The crude humor and double entendres would probably make Dr. Seuss roll over in his grave. That's not how Dr. Seuss cultivated children's entertainment. In this adaptation, the characters are fascinatingly exaggerated, almost making the movie a spoof. Mike Myers makes the cat a curious mixture of lazy self-indulgence and philanthropy, maddeningly provocative for the viewer. The visuals are excellent, incredibly creative and fun, but the storyline strangely excludes Dr. Seuss' rhymes. Why have Dr. Seuss without the rhymes? I found that peculiar. And sad.

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