Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

A grump with a mean streak plots to bring Christmas to a halt in the cheerful town of Whoville. But a generous little girl could change his heart.

Year: 2018
Certificate: U
Runtime: 1hr 25m
Director: Scott MosierYarrow Cheney
Starring: Benedict CumberbatchCameron SeelyRashida JonesPharrell WilliamsKenan ThompsonAngela Lansbury

Information Page: https://www.newonnetflix.info/info/80996790

“Every Who down in Who-Ville likes Christmas a lot. But the Grinch, who lived north of Who-Ville did NOT!”

If you’ve ever been a child or had children of your own, there is a good chance you already know the story of The Grinch. The story of someone who is made miserable by the merry, someone who hates the happy and someone hates everything about Christmas.

Looking down from his perch above Who-Ville, the Grinch sees everyone on Who-Ville getting ready for Christmas. Dressing trees, shopping for presents and worst of all SINGING!

“The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn’t screwed on right.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that most likely reason of all may have been that his heart was two sizes too small.”

This is not the first movie adaptations of this famous tale, most popular was the How the Grinch stole Christmas. A live action family comedy starring Jim Carrey. Released in 2000, it was universally loved. Not only because of the nostalgia for the original story but the performance of Jim Carrey as The Grinch.

This version is brought to you by Illumination, the same studio behind Minions, Despicable Me 3 and another Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax.

I really enjoyed this version of the Grinch. The amination is great as can be expected from this particular movie studio, but it seems as though they have taken an already child friendly story and tried to make it a little lighter in tone. The Grinch is not scary, or even as miserable as he comes across in the original or on the live action version from 2000. Yes he hates Christmas, but he already seems on the edge of the cliff, looking for an excuse to jump into a big pool of Christmas joy and happiness. For me the Grinch should be a character who you imagine could never find any happiness in the Christmas season.

In the original story he is mean to everyone, even his loyal companion Max, but here, Max is the only person who he shows love and affection.

Although the name value of having a big star like Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of titular star, having him do so in an American accent when he is English seemed a bit odd and I think it took away from the voice as you could hear the unnatural pronunciations. Adding to that name value,  Benedict Cumberbatch is joined by Cameron Seely as Cindy-Lou Who, Rashida Jones as Donna Who, Pharrell Williams as The Narrator and also Kenan Thompson as Mr. Bricklebaum who was probably my favourite character in the whole film and the source of a great deal of the comedy.

While this is a tame version of the original and (in my opinion) not as good as the previous version, this is still a great movie for kids and adults alike. In fact those with smaller children may well prefer this version for their first introduction to famous tale.

Just remember..

“Maybe Christmas” he thought, “Doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more”

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