Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog Review – Independent Film Issue

Words by Benjamin Pinsent

Couldn’t get a hold of a copy of the Rabbit newspaper? Well, we are positing everyday the content which you would get in the paper.

Check out this review below;

What if I told you that Neil Patrick Harris, Joss Whedden  and Nathan Fillion made a musical during the 2008 American writers strike? What if I told you that this forty minute gem was free to watch online?

‘Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’ concerns Billy (Harris) a down trodden super-villian trying to join a group of the greatest super villains and beat his nemesis Captain Hammer (Fillion). But, he also tries to woo the girl of his dreams (Felicia Day) at the same time. With this simple plot, a great cast, and the man who brought us ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’and ‘The Avengers’ at the helm, it is a well-crafted funny and heart breaking musical.

Whedden knows how to write characters; we have seen it in his other work and we see it here; Billy/Dr Horrible is an outsider, disillusioned with modernity but still craving a way into normality and Captain Hammer is an egocentric super hero five steps from himself become a super villain.

Everything is pitch perfect from beginning to end. It is a musical confronting common understandings of the hero villain dynamic pervading popular culture, while retaining a self-awareness that stops it from being too preachy.

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