Film review by Steve Duffy –
The Grinch: “I know what to do; I’m going to steal their Christmas!” The Grinch may have stolen their Christmas, but you may feel like he stole your time.
Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh. Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who-a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer-plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all?
With this retelling, the Grinch does follows the original story, this time narrated by Pharrell Williams. The story is more modernized that many may relate to.
The animation is bright and sparkling that will keep the attention of younger kids. As holiday movies go, it’s not a total flop and I am sure kids are going to love it.
Cumberbatch forgo’s his British accent for an American one. His portrayal is a someone kinder version of the 1966 Grinch. He has a little more heart and a lot less nastiness. The Grinch’s dog, Max, is adorable and my favorite character of the film.
This film does not compete with the 1966 “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Movie studios should leave the classics alone. The more they try to tell the Grinch’s story, the muddier it gets.
PG: for brief rude humor
Runtime: 90 minutes