Double Feature: “The Lorax” and “Hugo”

The Lorax: Cute, cuddly, and grumpy (kind of like the Mister)

Yesterday was all about family movies for us. Well, except that my family didn’t quite cooperate with one of them.

First, the four of us (yes, my older son is home for spring break!) watched “The Lorax” at our local AMC. The boys and I really enjoyed it; however, the grumpy Mister never likes having environmental messages forced on him. I thought this one—take care of nature, so nature can take care of you—was gentle enough. Plus the songs were well done and cute.

Danny DeVito is excellent as the Lorax, who is the guardian of the trees. Zac Efron (Ted), Taylor Swift (Audrey), and Ed Helms (the Once-ler) also are fine in their roles. I think families will be enjoying “The Lorax” for years to come.

Dr. Seuss, whose birthday coincided with the movie’s opening on March 9, left moviegoers with this sage advice: “Unless someone like you cares an awful whole lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Georges Mélies and Hugo butt heads.

“Hugo”

The boys pretended to have better things to do while the Mister and watched our Netflix rental of “Hugo” last night. Why in the world didn’t we see this in the movie theater? It’s a visual and aural delight!

It’s obvious why the film, directed by Martin Scorsese, won Oscars for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing. It’s full and gorgeous! The music is wonderful.

The story about Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield), an orphan living alone in a Paris railway station, and a toy shop owner (Ben Kingsley) is interesting and even had me on the edge of the couch a time or two. Of course, it bugged me that even though “Hugo” is set in Paris, all the actors (including two from the “Harry Potter” series) are British.

Even though “Hugo” was one of the best movies I’ve seen, I don’t think it was better than “The Artist,” by the way. Still, add it to your queue or rent it soon!

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