It grows on you!
Reuniting some of the funniest comedians of its time; Rick Moranis, Steve Martin and Bill Murray, namely, Little Shop of Horrors is the darkest of black comedies. If it wasn't so hilarious and symphonic, it would simply be a gross movie about an arrogant alien plant who feeds on human blood. It ends up being much more: a love story, a theatrical homage and a source of masterful puppetry.
Some songs work better than others. It gets you wondering what this would've been has it not been a musical. It is a period piece depicting the 50’s and 60’s with surrealism injected. The great set design contributes to a unique vibe, along with old graphic design and a dense atmosphere right out of an oil painting. The visual style is at times reminiscent of the original Roger Corman film.
It’s not innocent enough for a young audience despite its comical appeal. It’s not gory either but the carnivorous plant is so ingeniously designed and rigged that it can scare. Although some plot devices and resolutions rely on the main protagonist being submissively obedient, we accept what we see because of the slapstick comedy layer. The story is cleverly told and the last scenes are a blast!