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‘The Grinch’ review: a safe version of the classic
09 November 2018

A bright and busy reboot of the Dr Seuss classic

Based on Dr Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957), The Grinch is a safe, animated version of the classic. The screen is filled with bright pops of colour, cute animals, children and all round jollity. Following the original story and the rhymes, with some additions, The Grinch tells of an unsociable green creature who lives in a cave on Mount Crumpit with his faithful dog, Max.

Grinch hates the nice people of Whoville — to be fair, they are annoyingly good hearted. When the mayor announces Christmas is going to be three times bigger, Grinch hatches a cunning plan to steal Christmas from Whoville. It is left to Cindy Lou, a little girl who wants to ask a special favour from Santa Claus, to show Grinch the error of his ways and make his two-size small heart big.

The Grinch
  • Directors: Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier
  • Voice cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, Angela Lansbury
  • Storyline: A grouch learns the true meaning of Christmas

The third iteration of the beloved Christmas story after a TV special and the live action feature in 2000 starring Jim Carrey as Grinch, The Grinch follows the story faithfully with some additions including a goat and plump reindeer named Fred. While in the book Max is unloved, in the film, the Grinch is quite kind to Max.

Benedict Cumberbatch voices Grinch while Cameron Seely is Cindy Lou, Angela Lansbury Mayor McGerkle and Pharrell Williams is the Narrator. That the underlying message against the commercialisation of Christmas is brought out in a secular manner with no mention of the Nativity is ironic. An attempt to appeal to the largest demographic seems to bend and pray to filthy lucre rather than celebrate the first Noel.



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