I really liked Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog, a short musical internet film in three parts. Perhaps you think this is a shameful admission, like my fondness for the Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. And perhaps you’re right. But there it is. I liked the superhero goofiness. I liked Dr. Horrible’s acting. I really liked the singing.
UPDATE: Now available for free.
Right up until the end, it was a sweet-as-candy mixture of pop references, vacuous fun, internet knowingness, everything as tasty as you could want. So the end is a shock. I have never before seen a film end with a message of contempt for me for watching and enjoying the film where I felt that the message was right.
Whether the creators meant it or not, the message of the film is that the collapse of sexual mores, the ever increasing power of technology, and the sheer vacuity of our contemporary culture (reflected in our enjoyment in the first part of the film) means the end of civilization. The message of the film is cheery, pragmatic American nihilism eventually ends in the same place as the grimmer German version. Its pretty convincing, the way art is when you’re experiencing it.