‘Grinch’ presents entertaining twists on classic story

Gretchen Skoglund
Contributing Writer

“The Grinch” came out in theaters on Nov. 9. During its opening weekend, it brought in over $65 million in North America alone. Photo from http://www.grinchmovie.com.

The Grinch,” delightfully depicts Dr. Seuss’s classic 1957 short story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” on the big screen.  Brightly produced by Illumination Entertainment, the animated film showcases childlike thrills associated with the Christmas season.

The Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his pet dog, Max, live in a secluded mountaintop cave neighboring the jolly town of Whoville.  Much to the Grinch’s dismay, the Whos participate in extravagant Christmas celebrations, including decorating the town with sweeping lights and trees and singing holiday tunes while holding hands.  

When the Grinch hears that the Whos are planning to make Christmas three times bigger this year, he decides that their merry spirits must be dampered.  Out of his hatred for holiday cheer, the Grinch comes up with a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos.

Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, the cast includes some famous names, including Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones (Donna Who), Kenan Thompson (Mr. Bricklebaum), Angela Lansbury (Mayor McGerkle) and Pharrell Williams (Narrator).

Although the film is mainly directed toward a younger audience, its intricate animation is still appealing to adults.  It also includes modern versions of old songs, including “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” this time performed by rapper Tyler the Creator.

Among previous adaptations of Seuss’s story are the 1966 animated short film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and the 2000 live-action film, featuring Jim Carrey, with the same name.  In comparison with these two interpretations of the story, 2018’s “The Grinch” features a softer-looking Grinch who is somewhat friendlier than his previous portrayers. This gives him a more likeable quality throughout the course of the movie.

“The Grinch” is a feel-good holiday film and a perfect addition to any annual Christmas movie list.  It subtly touches on themes of loneliness and greed, but conclusively contributes to the joyful and excited spirit of Christmas through light hearted comedy and loveable characters.

“The Grinch” has a running time of one hour and 30 minutes and is rated PG.



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