Rotten Tomatoes: 59%
Dr. Suess’ The Lorax
Simplicity is a quality far undervalued. No artsy drama or big budget blockbuster can shed such insight on the way things are like a good kid’s movie can. Pollution and greed have never been attacked in such a charming way.
Dr. Suess is known for his delightful ability to turn morals and lessons into colorful adventures that provoke thoughts of the way things ought to be. The Lorax is no different, and the message it sends is one that we all need to here.
Centered in the materialistic and cloyingly commercial Thneedville (eerily similar to Meadville in name) the story is focused around a boy’s quest to discover what has happened to all the trees.
It raises powerful questions that I hope we never truly have to ask, what has happened to all the trees? What have we done?
Getting rich, getting ahead, that’s what we are here at Allegheny to do right? Just keep your head down and do whatever it takes to come out on the other side a winner.
There is no place for lofty idealism gators; this is the real world.
The Lorax however sees things differently. A symbol of conscience, and the true guardian of the forest The Lorax fears a coming future that many of us choose to brush off.
Once all the Truffula Trees are been cut down and the once vibrant landscape is covered in the smog the belched out of the Thneed factory The Lorax ascends upward from whence he came. Greed had stained the land and it was time for him to go.
The Lorax leaves behind a stone that says only one word, “unless”. Later it is unraveled to mean “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
If you haven’t already noticed this edition of the campus has a theme, money. Oddly I feel that is why most of us are here. We have the money, want to make money, or were given money to come here and there is nothing wrong with that, it’s just the way of the world.
But I urge you to think (and I rarely am thought provoking so hear me out) about the duality of money. It is simultaneously great and awful. It is important that we recognize this dual nature of money. As it causes great happiness it also causes great sadness. Never should we take our status for granted.
Yet there are more important things. Far more important things, and I cannot surely say what those things are in your life but there certainly should be a few. The Lorax implores us never to stop caring, to never let greed blind us from what we know is wrong.
The Lorax delighted me in childhood and it’s adaptation to the screen delighted me once again. Tasteful, entertaining even for adults, and unexpectedly poignant this film is a must see.
I’m not sure if it is the Saturday night blockbuster type of flick. It is more the skip class, sneak away with a friend and see a movie that will make you feel good kind of thing. From time to time I think we all need a little of that.