For this months Team Unity Project, we at Jazz Hands had a watch along and our task is to make a project fitting with the film that we watched. The consensus was to start with Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, written and directed by Joss Whedon.
What can you say about Dr Horrible? Well, I do believe it was a musical that was made for us Nerd Warriors. I’m pretty sure it has everything we need. Firefly fans will be pleased to see Fillion playing the role of the hero Captain Hammer, Neil Patrick Harris in the title role will bring joy to our friends over on Team That’s What She Said and a cameo from Simon Helberg for Team Bazinga. Dr Horrible even wears a pair of awesome goggles for Team ‘Punks.
Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog tells the tale of a failing super villain (aka Billy) whose world is turned upside down when he strikes up a conversation with the girl of his dreams. The superhero Captain Hammer manages to whisk her off her feet (and into a pile of rubbish) and so steals Penny (no not that one, Bazinga!) away for poor Billy. In the meantime as his alias, Dr Horrible, Billy is attempting to be accepted into the Evil League of Evil. His plans are constantly thwarted by Captain Hammer. The leader of the villainous organisation tells Dr Horrible that to gain entry he must kill someone. So, ever the practical man, kill Dr Horrible in order to both exact his revenge and also get the girl.
Dr Horrible has very catchy tunes and I can really sense some impending earworms. With a stellar cast the acting is fantastic. As a character, Dr Horrible is quite clearly evil. He is selfish, driven by his own wants and desires. He wants the girl, he wants to be a member of the Evil League of Evil and so he will go to extreme measures to get that. But he is also vulnerable and likeable. It must be a difficult task to get an audience to root for the bad guy and yet NPH achieves this. Fillion as Captain Hammer really does ham it up, and adds hilarity and a delightful over-the-top nature to the musical, while Day manages to nail the pretty hippy.
All in all it comes together as a hilarious 40 minutes and a credit to Whedon’s cannon. It is well worth a watch. It won’t take much time out of your life, but it will add to it in ways you had no idea it could. And it will work muscles you had no idea existed… like the deltoids of compassion and the abs of being kind.
You can watch it here
or you can buy it from Amazon.