Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
by Joss Whedon, writer/director
Review by Drew Bittner
Date: 02 August 2008 /
Supervillainy has never been this funny.
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, by the man who brought you "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly", is a three-act musical about the striving of Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris), who only wants two things: membership in the Evil League of Evil and the love of Penny (Felicia Day). Problem is, Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) stands in his way.
So what's a supervillain to do?
Joss Whedon (science fiction fans may have heard the name before) conceived a little project during the writers' strike to keep himself a) busy, b) engaged in figuring out how to monetize an Internet project and c) spending his Buffy-pumped bazillions on something other than toys and Civil War re-enactments. (Just kidding about that last part, in case Joss is litigious.)
The result is Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, a three-act musical farce about the romantic triangle between wannabe-supervillain Dr. Horrible, the lovely and innocent Penny and superhero Captain Hammer. The songs (co-written by Joss, Zack and Jed Whedon) are brilliant, the story (by the Brothers Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen) is funny and yet deeply engaging, and the climax in Act III has to be seen to be believed.
Oh, yeah, and the acting is absolutely first rate--Neil Patrick Harris is brilliant as Billy aka Dr. Horrible, while Nathan Fillion shows a hilarious side as well. (Who knew these guys could sing?) Felicia Day, as Penny, is both sweet and serious and totally engaging.
From a laundromat to his hidden lair (where he vidcasts about his various personal miseries to the world) to the headquarters of the Evil League of Evil (led by Bad Horse), this is a villain's journey that has to be seen to be believed.
One can only hope there will be more Dr. Horrible to come. IDW is doing a prequel comic about Captain Hammer (who has one of the best lines in the whole show, regarding the source of his hero-name), but c'mon, we want to see more song-and-dance on the Internet!
Whedon plans to release the entire thing on DVD soon, and it is available for download on iTunes. In all, it's quite an entertaining way to spend 40-some minutes, so check it out!