Today we’re talking about the 2018 film Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.
The basic narrative is the same from the original book, cartoon, and the 2000 film. In the 2000 film, you are made to feel bad for the Grinch and his mean ways because he was bullied by Whoville Whos.
This takes a different approach and makes him sad and a little anxious.
This means less kid Grinch, more Cindy-Lou, and more Illumination style gags and gadgets. I liked the addition of Fred the reindeer.
Jim Carrey said that the Grinch didn’t hate Christmas, he hated people, and that really encapsulates the 2000 movie.
Meanwhile in this one, the Grinch doesn’t hate Christmas, he hates being alone. This makes him a lot more sympathetic and they can play up his being a softy instead of a jerk. It makes for a completely different feel for the movie.
The other characters are also likeable and surprisingly heartfelt.
The dialogue is adorable and has a few very quotable moments, but overall is just okay.
Visuals and Music
The movie was lovely and festive. The visuals were typical of the company and pretty good.
The music was good, but I’m not a fan of what they did to the You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch.
The movie flows from one story element and gag to the next very well. It kept my interest and was fun throughout. Both kids were captivated and me and my wife laughed more than a few times.
It’s the Grinch. Exactly what it says on the tin, but it’s a much kinder, softer, and more fun Grinch. His heart is two sizes too small, but yours won’t be after watching.
Score: 4 Stars out of 5