I went to see this animated film with three little girls, and I was expecting Benedict Cumberbatch’s Grinch to be a cross between Dr. Seuss’ book version and the awful character that Jim Carey portrayed in Ron Howard’s 2000 film.
Thankfully, there is a good deal more sweetness mixed in with a good measure of grumpiness and meanness, of course.
The Grinch lives in a cave perched high above the small, snow-covered town of Whoville. His home is an elaborate multi-storied structure filled with clever inventions.
Unfortunately, most of them are used for no good.
He can’t stand the Christmas preparations that are going on below. They sing carols, decorate their homes and shout out greetings to everyone who passes by. The Grinch is always met with a smile and a Merry Christmas, even though he grumbles insults as he shuffles his large green, hairy body by them.
In this Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney directed film, the Grinch explains the reason behind his hatred of Christmas. He grew up in an orphanage and missed out on having a family, presents and the meaning of Christmas every year, so he wants to take away everyone else’s Holiday also.
His idea is to dress like Santa on Christmas Eve and steal all their lights, trees and presents. It coincides with adorable Cindy Lou’s plan to snag Santa so she can have a private talk with him about a special present for her over-worked mother.
Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment gives us an unbelievably colorful and detailed town. It’s intricate, imaginative and fun.
Each character stands out, Max, The Grinch’s loyal dog, Fred, the overweight reindeer, the jolly neighbor ( Kenan Thompson) who calls The Grinch his friend, sweet Cindy Sue and of course The Grinch himself.
Pharrell Williams is good as the Narrator and Angela Lansbury has a small role as the voice of the Mayor.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable Holiday film for the whole family.