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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog - sing it you evil bastard!


“Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog”

“Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog” follows the genesis of Dr. Horrible, an up-and-coming (read: constantly thwarted) supervillain who is taping a blog on his villainous exploits. Of course, sending your plots to your not-so-adoring fans doesn’t seem smart, but this is the usual “shark with frickin’ lasers” variety of villain (the kind with half-wit henchmen who never seem to get it together). It also features Captain Hammer, the self-centered superhero of the bunch who loves making Horrible’s quests for evil glory fail miserably.

Neil Patrick Harris plays Dr. Horrible who does admirable duty as a singing fool of a villain. Although there’s no real meat in any of the roles, the actors seem to have fun. Felicia Day plays Penny, the love interest caught between the two arch villains. Who is Horrible’s nemesis? Why none other than the poorly costumed Captain Hammer (played by Nathan Fillion). Fillion has a certain charm and delivers his lines in a way that manages to come off sarcastic, cocky, and humorous. His work in “Firefly” (and the film sequel “Serenity”) was great and this performance is not too far removed - he’s a little cockier and a lot less tortured.

The story line (by Joss Whedon) is a solid foundation for something better, but the musical parts (and yes, one should brace themselves for a musical sing-a-longnessticity) are just a tad too “stage-y” and that makes this author cringe. Is it enjoyable to watch? Sure - if you can get past the musical nonsense which adds as much as it subtracts from the film’s appeal.

The direction (by Joss Whedon) is interesting as it effortlessly shifts from a musical to a cheap blog to a typical film; you never get the sense that these are separate things, but just what’s necessary to move the film forward.

If you don’t like musicals, stay away. If you like musicals, you’ll get one that’s humorous and reasonably well done.

It will be interesting to see the sequel, which is already in the works, at full length as it has the makings of something which could turn out funny.

As a side note, though I can’t find a credible source for the information, the cast (and crew I believe) was not paid to make this film. At least not up front. Eventually, through ITunes sales and other sources, they were able to pay their cast, crew, and “bills”.



Official website:

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog


Directed by: Joss Whedon
Written by: Joss Whedon
Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, Nathan Fillion

Available on ITunes.

Source of the Bitter: JAS

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
Que on Thu, 09/24/2009 - 6:26pm

I love to see when people making things not complete for the sake of money.... at least not upfront.

good things happens when people produce for passion or fun.

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