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The Grinch review

Posted by admin on November 10, 2018


In the light of a new Christmas season, here comes a slew of holiday specials for a reason. Many stories like A Christmas CarolThe Polar Expressand The Nutcrackercome to mind, How the Grinch Stole Christmasis a magnificent, glorious find. It's no wonder why the Dr. Seuss classic is told over and over again. It's message about commercialism and warm feelings roll around every year like a train. As a book and holiday special, it's become a classic fable. As others have tried to tackle it (like the Ron Howard live action adaptation), it's been slapped with an odd label.

I'll admit that I find the Jim Carrey version a guilty pleasure. His over-the-top performance and ability to act in the suit makes Christmas a leisure. While the make-up and design are weird, the movie is something I still find revered. In the past years, we've gotten a new line of animated Dr. Seuss movies. The problem is that what we get is a mixed looney. When I heard the Christmas classic was getting an animated remake, I was curious. Upon viewing The Grinch, there is a lot of good and bad that's various.

All the whos in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), who lived just north of Whoville, did not. The Grinch spends his days sulking at the whos for their overly cheerful attitude towards Christmas. Except with his loyal dog Max, everything seems to be going along as business. A trip down into town reminds him why he sulks at the songs and decoration; it constantly pounds his head in Holiday madness and carnation. One who-child who seems to have more worries is little Cindy Lou Who (played by Cameron Seely). She is concerned for her overworked mother Donna (Played by Rashida Jones) who never demands a "Thank You". 

With Christmas Eve coming soon, The Grinch is irritated by the incoming "noise, noise, noise"; all those toys that'll be played by girls and boys. In typical fashion, the Grinch gets a wonderful, awful idea. The plan to steal Christmas, it's decorations, toys and food makes him say eureka. With a coat and a hat, he makes himself look like St. Nick. By taking it all away, he hopes that this'll make a wonderful Grinchy trick. Meanwhile, Cindy Lou-Who sets her plan to catch Santa Claus. She wants to talk to him and help her mother with a cause.

So does The Grinchoutdo the original or even the live action movie? It depends if you want something more sentimental or goofy. Why don't we start with the Grinch himself, who feels too harmless. His personality doesn't spew annoyance and heartless. Benedict Cumberbatch plays him more like an eccentric loner who isn't that mad at the world. I guess I expected his performance to be a but more curled. Jim Carrey at least had the ability to go all the way with his image. It was an eccentric grump to the finish.

So what's better then before? The animation and design galore. This is a movie that looks colorful, nice, and very Christmas filled. Seeing all those decorations and snow within the mountains makes me feel thrilled. It even feels more Christmas spirited then The Nutcracker. It's muted look and lack of plot made that more of a slacker. Even the live action Grinch's design seemed more polluted and cluttered. The new movie's way of working with the Dr. Seuss designs along with current Christmas decorations make it something to be uttered. 

But what about the morals? Does it dive into the Christmas issues that are still relatable today? Sometimes it does it fine, but other times it’s a cliché. At points, it does look into the sadness of those that are alone. But given it never goes into the story's frustrations on commercialism, it does inspire a groan. At times, it feels like they don't want to adapt too much from the book. You think that by using much of the dialogue from before (which doesn't happen often), it would be more of a hook. I'll say that narrator Pharrell Williams just didn't work for me. Guys like Boris Karloff and Anthony Hopkins were more dignified and had voices that felt like sitting around the Christmas tree.


I'll give this three Grinch faces out of five. I think the heavy amount of families and children that'll like this will keep this alive. This doesn't replace the original. This just puts it with the others and becomes mixable. I'm okay with this, even if I wouldn't recommend it for myself. I'm more likely to watch the TV special that feels like an annual Christmas elf. Go see it, and see if it makes a mean one out of you.