Thursday, July 24, 2008

Movie (?) Review - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

In our quest to celebrate all things superhero, there is another class of character we tend to overlook. That, of course, is the super villain, without whom even the greatest caped crime-fighter would be nothing but a vigilante in a mask.

Joss Whedon (iD&Di: .97) certainly realizes this, and has crafted his newest tale around one such villain. What's more, he has chosen to make this a musical tale. Singing, dancing, and death rays: what's not to like?

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is, of course, genius, but you most likely knew that from the revelation that Whedon was behind it. An excellent cast is given material to match, and the result is a joy to behold and to hear.

The story follows a young super villain as he attempts to balance his career and his love for a woman who knows neither of his names. When the villain's nemesis becomes involved, the story gains depth and resonance. Whedon passes on the simple "love triangle," opting instead for something more operatic and thoughtful.

Rating something that's not a movie is problematic, even with our focus on relativity. Still, Dr. Horrible is simply too good and too contained to think of as anything less. Whedon provides us with a simple solution to our rating dilemma. If "Once More With Feeling", the greatest episode of Buffy, were a five star production, Dr. Horrible would receive four. Not bad for an low-budget internet production. Not bad at all.

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