Movie Review: The Grinch (2018)

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely and Pharrell Williams

Directed by: Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney

The classic tale of the Grinch who is somebody who hates Christmas and everything that it stands for and decides that enough is enough as he plots to ruin Christmas Day for the entire town of Whoville.

It felt a little early to watch the newest Grinch movie in the cinema as we’re not even half way through November yet so my wife and I initially planned on going to watch Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Unfortunately as we got to the counter to buy our tickets we were told that it was sold out and the next showing wasn’t for a couple of hours. We didn’t want to risk missing our last train home so were unable to stick around for both Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born, which is still something we haven’t seen yet, so we were left with very few appealing options which left us with Benedict Cumberbatch’s The Grinch.

After a few reservations about watching a Christmas movie in November we sat down in a relatively empty screen and hoped that this newest rendition of The Grinch would try and compete with the quality of How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey. I liked the animation used, it was a modernisation of a classic story and I thought it was a really effective way to breathe new life into the old tale. Unfortunately though there was nothing else really new about the story besides a few additional characters such as Fred the big lovable reindeer and the happiest resident in Whoville Mr. Bricklebaum (Kenan Thompson). Outside of this it was the same routine story with nothing extra added in to try and set this Grinch movie a part from the rest of them.

Despite these minor annoyances I felt this movie did have a lot to offer in the way of family entertainment. I felt that it was the right combination of funny and heartwarming as Benedict Cumberbatch did a pretty good job as Mr. Grinch. I loved his relationship with close companion Max who was an adorable little dog that really helped inject some humanity into the Grinch character even when he still wanted to rain on everybody’s parade and ruin Christmas. I really liked the narration of the movie and didn’t even realise it was Pharrell Williams until after the movie ended but I thought he did a really good job and his voice suited the tone of the movie. The writers were able to get a nice balance within the comedy as the film had laughs for everybody young and old and that’s not always an easy achievement.

Overall, The Grinch was a good fun family film that was a nice combination of humorous and heartwarming. While this version of The Grinch story offered nothing new or different to the overall story it was still a good effort to relaunch the story for a new audience.

7/10

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