Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Reviews
What I can't understand is how "Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog" hasn't gotten the up-most amount of respect that it deserves. If being consistently funny and well acted makes a straight-to-DVD/webseries forgettable, then I beg to differ. "Dr. Horrible" is like mother of the modern webseries-turned-short-movie; a privileged little film which is sure to be a solid cult classic. As a lover of certain cult films, I've got to say that this is undoubtfully one of the good ones. It isn't the best cult film, but it's a clever little musical with more heart and humor than one would be lead to respect by its lack of promotion. If you haven't heard of it, then I don't blame you. What I'm telling you right now is that if you've got around 40 minutes to spare, then this little gem is a good way to spend those minutes. It's worth your time in more ways than one.
This is a pretty clever spin on the classic battle between good and evil. Dr. Horrible is the central character, a rising bad-ass who documents his quest(s) through a video blog. The "sing-along" part undoubtfully comes from the fact that the whole thing is in fact a musical. There's not much of a great story, but the film does a good job at satirizing superhero/villain-movie cliches and stereotypical characters. Dr. Horrible's hunky handyman arch-nemesis is the biggest and funniest stereotype in the whole film, although Dr. Horrible alone is hilarious to watch. The film revolves mostly around Horrible's love for Penny, a woman he knows solely from "laundry day". Come on, at least admit that's clever.
Neil Patrick Harris is funny and overall pretty good. He's never been a spectacular actor and nothing has changed, but he's awfully funny here. Felicia Day plays Penny, while Nathan Fillon plays Captain Hammer. The funniest thing from the efforts of the cast is the choice to add "The Big Bang Theory" star Simon Helberg into the mix. Helberg is always hilarious to watch even when he's not portraying the stereotypical Jew. I guess the good stuff fails to change.
The musical number aren't half bad. They're nothing amazing, but I was never annoyed by any of them in particular. Sure, Penny's were kind of irritating, although only for a little bit. Aside from the annoying qualities of those particular songs, "Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog" is funny stuff. And it's also laden with hilariously apparent cliches and the like. Good times, yes?
Considering it's low budget and had no commercial distribution I am glad I found this internet treasure. Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog is hilarious with seriously good singing and an original idea of a failed villain that tries his best to be evil and mean. Neil Patrick Harris is in my opinion a great talent with acting diversity and hopefully in the next few years we'll be seeing him more and more. A two thumbs up and a recommendation for everyone!