A friend of mine recently introduced me to this movie and I have to say, it was rather interesting. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was a film from 2008, released as a mini-series on TV and online. It follows the story of Dr. Horrible, an aspiring villain, Captain Hammer, a superhero/douchebag and Penny, their shared love interest.
The plot is centered around Dr. Horrible as he wants to rule the world through autocratic authority. He feels that the world is a mess and he needs to rule it. As he tries to do so, he is constantly stopped by his arch nemesis, Captain Hammer. Dr. Horrible falls in love with a character named Penny who ends up with Captain Hammer. The Doctor slowly recedes into madness and his evil personality as his relationship with Penny weakens as she falls in love with Captain Hammer, who rubs his “victory” in the doctor’s face.
The plot is very likable as they choose to deviate from the cliched superhero perspective but decides to go at it from the villain’s point of view.
I know. Not a first
Also, the fact that they made the ending seem like a greek tragedy made it very interesting. Spoiler alert but there are no “Happily-ever-afters” in this flick. Penny is killed by shrapnel from Dr. Horrible’s “death” ray (just a stun gun with the words “DEATH” taped on top of “STUN”). The supposed hero, Captain Hammer, runs away in fear after feeling pain for the first time. The Doctor gets everything he ever wanted but it all cost a Penny. (Did you see what I did there?)
Let’s move on to the characters. The titular character, Dr. Horrible, is a very likable character, played by Neil Patrick Harris (who has the cutest of faces). His costume is a white lab coat with a red mark on his left breast-area. He wears goggles on his head. The white apparel is reflecting how he is not truly evil but is just confused and strayed from the path (The lingering evil that resided with him is the red mark). It contrasts towards the ending of the film where he changes into a red costume with black gloves, he shifts to goggles over his eyes to emphasise that he had truly turned evil and began to hide behind his evilness.
The colour palette present on Dr. Horrible contrasts well to his nemesis, Captain Hammer, who wears a black shirt and pants with black gloves. It creates the simple implication that he is the true antagonist in the film. The Captain is a very good to dislike character, I hate him so much as he is the embodiment of all high school douchebags that are stereotypically always getting the girl just because he is strong and good looking.
Penny is a pretty boring character as she is bland and as white as white bread. I think that it was intentional that she was made this way, at least I hope so.
As a musical, the music has got to be the most important part of this movie and I have to say, the music was really good and well put together. “Brand New Day” is my personal favourite. It has some sort of rap (I like it when people jam a lot of words in a song) and then it has this really epic rock part.
Another of my favourites is “Slipping”. It stars off as very sinister, then goes to a very aggressive emotion then it reverts to an innocent and scared feeling. The contrasts in this song are done very well.
In conclusion, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along blog is a must watch. It is readily available for everyone on the internet to see on Youtube. It also won an Emmy!
General Enjoyability: 9/10