Movie Review: Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog

For Saturday, Dennis suggests Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog (in Incredibly Strange).  From the egregiously-brilliant talents of Joss Whedon (‘Buffy’, ‘Angel’, ‘Firefly’, Serenity), comes this short (42 minute), oddball minimusical, originally broadcast on the intra-nets during the writer’s strike and now well worth a hundred rentals or so on the DVD. The tale of lovelorn, would-be supervillain Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris), Penny the naive do-gooder he loves from afar (Felicia Day), and the meathead superhero Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) who’s the Doctor’s arch-nemesis and romantic rival, this odd, utterly bewitching little masterpiece is, by turns, hilarious, heartbreaking, and full of fiendishly-clever and catchy songs that’ll worm their way into your head for days after. That’s a good thing, by the way. Harris is a complete revelation here; I mean, everybody loves the guy already, but his Dr. Horrible is one of the most fully rounded, complex characters I’ve seen in anything all year. Plus, the dude can sing! Day is touchingly, achingly earnest and vulnerable as the shared love interest, revealing shades (and a great set o’ pipes as well) that weren’t hinted at in her stint as one of the annoying potential slayers in ‘Buffy’‘s season 7. And Fillion (Captain Malcolm Reynolds from ‘Firefly’ of course) is absolutely hilarious as the boorish, Zapp Brannigan-esque Captain Hammer, who has the greatest entrance ever, and some of the most

Nathan sings a song in the commentary called 'Better than Neil.'

hilariously self-involved lyrics ever as well. Oh, and by the way, I HATE musicals and I love this. In fact, I’m watching it again right now as I write this. For about the tenth time. (Trust me, there are jokes and nuances you only get after the fifth viewing or so). And if you need another reason to rent this, Joss and the gang created another entire full-length musical commentary to overlay the thing when you’re done watching it which is equally hilarious.  If you aren’t renting this right now, you just don’t want to be happy…

Here’s just a little taste…

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