The Grinch (2018)
Title: The Grinch
Genre: Animation| Comedy| Family |
Runtime: 90 min
Director: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones
A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.
A LOVELY UPDATE TO A BELOVED TALE
For many people today, the Grinch is a familiar character. A real mean guy who do everything in his power to ruin Christmas for rest of the townspeople. Ever since Dr. Seuss who cooked up this story back in the 50’s, it’s been retold multiple times, for example in a 2000 live-action movie version with Jim Carrey starring as the Grinch. But I must say this film is the best and most fresh version yet. With a modern twist we get to see another side of the Grinch, his more secretive and deep background. He shows it through various subconscious acts of kindness meanwhile he is trying to steal Christmas. We as the audience also get to see his clever side with all the new gadgets he is using.
Throughout the film we also get follow another character, a little girl who subconsciously ruin the Grinch’s plan when she is trying to capture the man, she thinks is Santa, to wish for a special gift. The whole story has a kind of Home Alone tone who are very entertaining. The characters are well-developed and relatable, even though it is counting as a kid film it hasmoments there even grownups cry of laughter or sadness. Good job with the story and of course an excellent job with the Swedish voice actors. In the original version, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the main character.
The animation is flawless. The characters are enough realistic to feel something for them. They are also not too much realistic, so they start looking creepy, something the Jim Carrey live-action movie failed with. It still gives me chills, the rat faced townspeople and the green troll going down the chimney. Telling this old tale through animation is clearly the better choice.
It’s nothing more to say about this movie. Even though I don’t like kids’ movies in general I feel this film fulfilled its requirements and so much more. The audience leave the cinema with a good message about family and love.
Richard Bengtsson | Journalist.