The "Likeable" Grinch Review

This article was originally published on November 10, 2018 on Cinephile's former website.

Around the holiday season families flock to the cinema to enjoy a bit of fun in hopes to witness a new classic in the makes. The Grinch is another take on an already classic that will leave movie goers satisfied enough, but with a knowing it doesn't live up to the 1957 original animation.

We follow Grinch, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, (Avengers: Infinity War, 2018) and his lovable dog Max as they prepare to survive the ruthless joy of the Christmas season. The Grinch and Max make their way down to Whoville to stock up on supplies. Grinch acts as his usual evil self by not helping a woman get a jar off the shelf when he visits the grocery store, not helping a little boy put a carrot on his snowman, and tries to avoid a friendly Whoviller named Mr. Bricklebaum, voiced by Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live, 1975) who thinks he and Grinch are friends.

In this turn of bringing The Grinch to the big screen I found him to be relatable and very much likable. Yes his sarcasm is portrayed aptly and his motivation is clear, but if I have to guess this version of Grinch is much softer than the initial meany.

Unlike 2000's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Grinch sticks closer to the 1957 film in where we follow Grinch on his journey instead of getting a ton of backstory and spend less time with secondary characters. Another story line though, is that of Cindy Lou-Who , voiced by Cameron Seely (The Greatest Showman, 2017). Two stories juxtaposed of one planning a heist to capture Christmas, because of his loneliness and Cindy Lou-Who as she plans to capture Santa on Christmas Eve to selflessly ask help for her hardworking-single mom.

This movie has all the makings of an enjoyable holiday film, and even though The Grinch doesn't live up to it's predecessors, it sets a new tone that ends up stealing your heart by the end.

3/5 Slates

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