Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is a web musical comedy that follows the exploits of Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris), a super villain, as he attempts to gain admittance to the ultimate super-villain organization “The Evil League of Evil.” Why? Because in his words “The world is a mess and I just need to rule it.” Along the way he battles with his arch nemesis Captain Hammer and attempts to win the heart of the girl he loves.
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog fits into a relatively new cinematic genre that is entirely produced and written for the internet. Now I must admit I am an open skeptic of this genre, after all a movie made to be released on the internet is simply not going to have the budget of a real Hollywood film. Dr. Horrible however forced me to put that skepticism aside. This was a very good movie and there are three very good reasons for this:
- The songs were good: They were witty, well performed, and stayed in my head for at least a week. In fact to this day I still have random lines from the songs pop into my head. What’s really great is that if you like musicals you will love this show because of how creative and well performed the songs were done. If you hate musicals you will love it because it is kind of like the anti-musical in that is does not take itself seriously at all.
- The acting was good: No there were not any Oscar worthy performances in this internet flick, instead it seemed all the actors were letting themselves just have fun with their roles. Neil Patrick Harris made the perfect misunderstood and somewhat tragic villain and Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer turned the superhero character on its head and became the hero we love to hate.
- The script was good: The script for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was put together by Joss Whedon the creator of Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and other hits. In Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Whedon was able to express his creative flair in a much more tongue in cheek manner than you will ever see on the big screen.
Above all else what really makes Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog good enough to get you to sit in front of your computer screen in rapt attention for close to an hour is that it is funny. In a completely unpretentious and hilarious manner this musical will make you crack up laughing and you will come back to watch it again and again and again.