Just over 10 years ago, during the Hollywood writer’s strike, a few talented actors used their spare time to create and release a movie called Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I heard about it around that time, but me being me, I saw the words “sing-along” in the title and dismissed it–unfairly–as “not for me.”
Boy was I wrong.
After much gentle coaxing by Megan, I finally watched Dr. Horrible, and I was absolutely delighted by it. It’s the story of Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris), who is trying to navigate his conflicting desires to become a supervillain and his affection for a woman he sees at his laundromat.
It’s funny, it’s charming, it’s well acted…it’s just so good.
Most surprisingly of all for me, it’s full of excellent musical numbers that (a) progress the story, (b) are genuinely catchy, (c) are quite funny, and (b) for the most part don’t break for dance routines. There’s also a really nice balance between talking and singing. Basically, it does everything I want musicals to do.
I know I’m literally a decade late on this, but if you’re among the few people out there who haven’t heard of Dr. Horrible, I highly recommend finding and watching it. It’s only about 45 minutes long, which caught me off guard, as the story arc definitely wasn’t what I expected it to be because I thought there was 45 more minutes to follow.
Have you seen Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog? What’s your favorite part in it?