The Grinch (2018)
Critic Consensus: The Grinch gives the classic Seuss source material a brightly animated update that's solidly suitable for younger viewers without adding substantially to the story's legacy.
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Critic Reviews for The Grinch
The Grinch is bright and colorful, but the narrative feels a bit off from the anti-consumerist message that Dr. Seuss may have originally intended.
[The Grinch] is excessively well-meaning and very tame. No doubt it will please those who will always love the story, no matter what shape it takes, but you have to be a fan.
It's a beautiful-looking movie. Young kids will like it, but I was kind of bored with it.
It's best for kids and adults who just can't handle the angry, diabolical monster of films past.
Audience Reviews for The Grinch
The Grinch is the usual formulaic animation feature for the holiday season that is family friendly and keeps the kids glued with its sweet and colourful story telling. Definitely can't go wrong with this one.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is once again adapted for the big-screen, this time as Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, and once again fails to recapture the spirit and magic of the original. The story follows the curmudgeonly Grinch who lives alone in the mountains and avoids Christmas, but his annoyance with Christmas soon turns to anger when the Whos triple their festivities. The film goes to great lengths to set itself apart from previous versions, including changing Seuss' limericks; which is unfortunate as the new ones aren't as charming and poetic. And the filler subplot about Cindy Lou Who is incredibly formulaic and predictable. Also, the soundtrack is rather garish, featuring a lot of pop-music. Dr. Seuss' The Grinch is an improvement over the live-action version, but it has a number of its own problems.
The second go at a twenty-first century feature-length Grinch movie is a thoroughly, spectacularly bland movie. This mediocre enterprise barely stretches to feature length at 86 minutes and it lacks the charm of the original Dr. Seuss cartoon. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the green recluse with his three-sizes-too-small heart set on stealing the Christmas celebration of others. That's great casting, but why is he settling for his Doctor Strange-style American voice? The man has such a natural, rich, velvety voice. Another miscue is the fact that this Grinch isn't really feared by the people of Whoville. He lives just outside of ton and isn't really that mean. He's less a villain and more just a grumpy sad guy who has to over explain everything for the audience to understand ("I thought stealing Christmas would make me feel better, but really I was running from myself..."). This movie is brightly colored and nicely animated but it's strictly just for little kids. The lessons are pretty simplistic. The characters are mostly annoying, precocious, or mute. The humor is mostly slapstick. There is nothing to engage bigger thinkers. This Grinch movie actually made me start re-evaluating the 2000 Ron Howard version, which at least tried something and had an enjoyably hammy Jim Carrey performance with some creepy good makeup prosthetics, and I didn't even like that movie. The new animated Grinch film is inoffensively lackluster. At best it's a disposable 90 minutes to distract easily distractible children and give mom and dad time for a nap. Nate's Grade: C
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