I speak for the books of the late Dr. Seuss,

adapted to film way too long and too loose.

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP – A Penny Dreadful, playing Feb. 8-26 at Intiman Theatre
Laugh till it hurts at this outrageous camp comedy the NYTimes calls “Wickedly funny!”

Like his classic The Lorax, which opens this week,

one week after critics like me got a peek.

Oh, the movie's not awful as such movies go,

but it sure ain't The Lorax Seuss devotees know.

It lacks the Seuss charm, the Seuss magic, and worse:

It's just not the same without Seussian verse.

In fact, in mere prose, in mere everyday speechy,

the save-the-trees story just comes off as preachy.

And the backstory, well, you have seen it before:

A villain. A love interest. Chase scenes. And more.

Still, it's pretty enough up on the big screen

where the Truffula trees make a colorful scene,

waving their tufts in dazzling ThreeD.

Because ThreeD is a Gimmick-That-Kids-Movies-Need!

A ThreeD movie snaps! A ThreeD movie pops!

The story line's flat, but the ThreeD it is not.

The kids seemed enthralled by ThreeD-movie action

(though oldsters like me may find ThreeD a distraction).


Watch, says the Goldy.

There are worse films to go

to when you have a gaggle of small kids in tow.

Take them to see this new ThreeD-Lorax-Look.

Or better yet, read them The Lorax the book. recommended