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Decent and impressive for budget but overhyped,
This review is from: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (DVD)
I am a huge fan of musicals and also a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After watching "Once More With Feeling" (the BtVS musical episode), I was compelled to watch Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog on hulu.com. (I don't have the DVD so I can't comment on extras).
The story is basically a satire on the comic book superhero stereotype, with a few twists thrown in. I'm not a huge fan of superheros or most comedy, so I wasn't really entertained. I'm not the person to ask though.
Neil Patrick Harris (Dr. Horrible) and Nathan Fillion (Captain Hammer) were very good. I expected no less from Harris, who in addition to being an actor, has sung professionally in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Assassins. I was pleasantly surprised by Fillion's singing, as I'm not aware of him having any musical experience. Fillion stole the show as the swaggering Hammer. Felicia Day's voice seemed weak and thin to me.
The music and lyrics were decent (worse things have been put on in multi-million dollar Broadway productions), but not as good as "Once More With Feeling." A few songs seemed repetitive. I would have liked some ensemble numbers, though I realize that was not possible with the scope and funding of the project.
I don't understand all the internet hype about this musical. It's a decent musical and impressive for the small cast/crew/budget, but I'm who are all these people -- Whedonites? I suspect that Dr. Horrible is a romp for comic book fans (in the same way The Guild is for MMORPG diehards). Maybe that's what I'm missing.
I do appreciate Joss Whedon's efforts to bring musicals and small, independent projects to a wider audience. It's sad but musicals are a dying interest in the US. Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog is a good introduction to musicals for the superhero nerd but non-musical nerd in your life.