THE GRINCH

★★½

Voices by Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury
Directed by Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier
2018 / 90 Minutes / Universal Pictures

Review by Brent

Does the world really need another retelling of The Grinch? I would say no, we’re good with what we have.

The same old story returns to theatres… A Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for an entire town, but this time in full 3D animated form. With vibrant colours and slapstick animated humour that’s perfect for the kids. The real only difference this time is the script that suffers due to a serious lack of humour for the adults having to sit through this 3rd version. This one is strictly for the kids and they’ll be the ones that will love it and cherish it every Christmas. Unfortunately for the rest of us we’d rather just watch the original classic animated TV special or the Jim Carrey live action version. Both of which are far superior to this one.

Maybe I went into this with expectations that failed to be reached. Watching this just made me want to watch Jim Carrey’s performance as the Grinch instead. Benedict does a good job as the voice of the Grinch, but he’s doesn’t quite have that charm and humour that Carrey brought to the role and that’s where the adults are going to really struggle with this one. It’s definitely for the younger crowd as the humour this time is more tailored to the kids and it’s the adults this time that are left out of the enjoyment. There’s few laughs here, it’s all slapstick Minion type humour which for me doesn’t do much. I found the movie quite boring because I’ve seen this story so many times with multiple viewings throughout the years that in order for this one to be any good they needed to bring a lot more to the table. There’s really not much new here and I expected more. Obviously I wouldn’t want them to go crazy and change this classic that much, but you’re asking people to fork over more money to basically watch the same movie again. I think there could have been something more original to this that could have made it more fresh and fun and not just another animated movie.

What I did like about this new version is the animation which is quite vibrant and looks fantastic. I though the movie itself looked great. I’m sure this version of The Grinch will become a Christmas staple because of the new generation of kids coming up, but I hope that they continue to see the previous versions which far surpass this boring typical mediocre animated film. Be a Grinch, save a buck and stay home and watch the other ones instead.

Grade C-

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