As another year comes to an end we get yet another version of Dr. Seuss’ grumpy Christmas green-one, The Grinch, this time round voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch (“Avengers: Infinity War“, “Doctor Strange“).
Ya’ll know the story of The Grinch by now, a grumpy green character who lives in a cave, on top of a mountain near Whoville. The Whovians are a happy, clappy, singing bunch who just love, love, love Christmas, which is at odds with Mr. Grinch, who hates it.
To really get to the Whovians, he decides to steal Christmas in Whoville by dressing as Santa and stealing all the presents, decorations and trees. This he manages to do but as he gets to the final house he is snared by Cindy-Lou Who, Cameron Seely (“The Greatest Showman”, “Madam Secretary (TV)”).
Cindy-Lou doesn’t want presents or anything of that nature, what she wants is for Santa Claus to help her mom, Donna, Rashida Jones (“Parks And Recreation (TV)”, “The Social Network”), be happy.
This is enough to melt The Grinch’s tiny little heart but is it in time for him to save Christmas?
Written by Michael LeSieur (“You, Me And Dupree”, “The Heist”) and Tommy Swerdlow (“Cool Runnings”, “Snow Dogs”) this is definitely a Grinch movie for the modern day world.
I say that because, right from the get-go, The Grinch isn’t all that mean. Sure, he does some mean stuff which is funny, but he doesn’t do anywhere near enough to convince you that he’s the most hated man in Whoville, or that he really, really hates things.
This Grinch is considerably watered down, a Grinch-lite if you will. We learn, very early on, too early on, that he can be distracted from his mean-spirited ways quite easily and this renders the film kind of pointless. If he can be won over so easy, why should we bother sitting through the whole film to watch the inevitable?
Still, we do, as Pharell Williams, yes the singer, provides narration and directors Yarrow Cheney (“The Secret Life Of Pets”, “Puppy (Short)”) and Scott Mosier (“Eddie’s Life Coach (Short)”, “Mae Day (Short)”) assault our eyes with every bright colour available in the spectrum.
In short, given the film struggles to reach an hour and a half, The Grinch is occasionally funny, not that mean, bright and looks fun. But when everyone knows the story already, you have to do something new, something fresh with it and this isn’t it, not by a long way.
Still, I’m sure you’re kids will love it, though, doesn’t it feel waayy early to be releasing this? Just me?