The Grinch is funny, heartwarming, visually stunning and full of adorable animated characters
PUBLISHED: 17:01 19 November 2018
Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, The Grinch brings together adorable animated characters, witty script-writing and a family-friendly message ahead of the Christmas season.
Set in the illuminated, snow-covered Whoville - full of gingerbread men, inflatable Santa’s and eye-popping displays outside houses - the incessant festive cheer irritates everyone’s favourite grouchy bah humbug Mr Grinch (this time played by Bennedict Cumberbatch).
Based on Dr Seuss’ classic children’s story ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’, this new version - narrated by Pharrell Williams of ‘Happy’ fame and boasting a rap soundtrack featuring Tyler, The Creator – sees the much-told tale given a modern facelift that’ll appeal to children and parents alike.
More than anything, though, it’s Illumination and Universal Pictures’ eye-popping animation that makes the film such a delight to watch; The Grinch’s loyal dog and only true friend, Max, is one of the cutest characters I’ve seen on a cinema screen in years. Oversized reindeer Fred isn’t far behind, either.
Using mold spice and naming his outfits on the various stages of misery, Mr Grinch can’t even bring itself to say the word. Despising everything about Christmas, he hates the legion of carol singers as they close in on him…
Getting to the heart of why The Grinch hates Christmas so much, if only briefly, the throwback scenes midway are touching and make the audience feel sorry for him - but not for long as his villainous side shows itself once again.
But his heart soon warms when he meets Cindy Lou, whose Christmas dream is for her stressed-out mum (Rashida Jones) to be happy.
The overall message is of embracing your community, family and even strangers... it really brings the true meaning of Christmas to life.