My all time favorite non movie movie of all time. Does that sentence makes sense? Ok maybe not but the point stands. It wasn't really a movie when it came out but when put together it basically is a movie so let's just call it a movie. Deal with it!
What makes it so great? Everything. The songs are funny, the acting is on point. I mean let's run down the three leads, first up is the one and only Neil Patrick Harris. One of the funniest guys around. The guy can do no wrong. In the film he plays the hero, or well villain, Dr. Horrible, who just wants to win the girl and make a world a better place by well taking it over and remaking it in his own image. Looking around at the world we live in can you blame him?
So if he is the villain than who is the hero? Well look no farther than the one and only Nathan Fillion who plays Captain Hammer, the hammer is in his pants. Just saying. He plays the over the top self important hero who thinks that the whole world revolves around him.
He is after all Nathan Fillion and is there anyone that fans love more? I didn't think so!
Finally we have the leading lady. The love interest to both Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer. Who better to play this important role than the queen of the internet herself, Felicia Day. Her character is named Penny, she is a young woman who does laundry and tries to help the homeless.
On top of the great talent acting in this film we have the incredible writers, not only writing the story which is great in and of itself but also the songs! Oh the songs. Joss Whedon came up with the idea and called on his brothers Zack and Jed Whedon along with Jed's soon to be wife Maurissa Tancharoen to help him write this master piece.
So the film was broken down and released into three acts. The first act is all about setting everything up, it is all about Dr. Horrible having one more chance to get into the evil league of evil. He plans to steal the part of his freeze ray only Penny shows up and he finally gets to talk to her but messes everything up by being distracted by his criminal activity. He remote controls a van and it almost hits her but he stops it in time, only Captain Hammer knocks her out of the way and she thanks him for saving her. Dr. Horrible gets the part he needs but loses the girl.
Act Two starts with Captain Hammer and Penny on a date. Dr. Horrible finally gets Penny to talk and hang out with him but all she talks about is how she really likes Captain Hammer and is going back out with him. It's very painful to watch. The girl always picks the super strong good looking hero over the good looking thinner villain. Oh the horrors!
Dr. Horrible said his plans on the blog and the LAPD and Captain Hammer showed up to stop him. It caused him his spot on the Evil League of Evil. His only chance to get into the League now is to kill someone. He is torn on this. He only wants to be a villain to help people. Makes sense, don't question it!
So by the end of the the second act Captain Hammer figures out that Dr. Horrible likes Penny and shows us what a creep he is. That brings us into Act Three where in the first song we see Maurissa Tancharoen playing one of the groupies. Very cool!
We see that Penny doesn't really care for Captain Hammer and that she misses Dr. Horrible but she feels that she has to stay with Captain Hammer because it is what society tells her is right. But he is such a tool. But he did get her the building to help the homeless. So many conflicting thoughts.
Not to worry we don't have to feel confused for long because this is when the freeze ray shows up and finally works! Dr. Horrible is making his move! But he can't, he pauses just before killing Hammer and it is all it takes for him to flip the script. The hero Captain Hammer tries to kill Dr. Horrible, what kind of hero is that? The gun back fires and Captain Hammer feels pain for the first time. He runs off crying and it is then that Dr. Horrible sees that Penny is dying. Her last words are telling him that Captain Hammer will save them all. Thank Joss for pulling our heart strings and making us cry. Poor super villain!
The press gets it wrong and gives him credit for killing her. It is enough to get him into the Evil League of Evil. He has everything he ever wanted. It only cost him everything he ever wanted. It's soul crushing. Be careful what you wish for right?
Is it any wonder that I love this movie so much? It's funny, sweet, catchy and heartbreaking. It's everything that art should be. Oh and the groupies, now they are Dr. Horribles. Sell outs!