Entertainment Hive 2020

The Grinch

Review by Honey B

Directors: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier Vocal Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams Plot: The Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime when his neighbours in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realizes there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all. Verdict: The festive season is a wonderful time of year, but every now and then the Christmas Grinch raises its head in all of us. It may be the hassle of putting up the decorations or it could be the over-crowded shopping centres or the inevitable silly season cash splash – anyone can turn into a bit of a grump at Christmas. This latest version of the Dr. Seuss classic is a visual treat which is sure to be a hit with the kids and it is an easy watch for the adults. Directors Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier haven’t pushed the envelope in terms of making The Grinch extra mean or added any adult zinger one-liners. The message here is all about love and family/friends over the more materialistic gift-giving. Still, The Grinch with his heart that’s two sizes too small could have been a touch meaner. This faithful adaptation does feature an array of beautiful imagery and the lovingly crafted animation certainly hits its stride when The Grinch sets about stealing Christmas with his faithful dog, Max. The Grinch has a wild and wonderful array of gadgets for breaking into the Whos’ homes and re-appropriating all of their presents as well as their trees and lights. Not a sprinkle of Christmas cheer is left. It’s no surprise that The Grinch eventually sees the error of his ways, thanks to little girl Cyndi-Lou (Cameron Seely), and all is merry and bright again. It’s a delightfully-made movie that reminds everyone about the true spirit of Christmas – although many reviewers may be a big Grinch-like when it comes to the sweetness of this family-friendly offering. Embrace this vivid animation and the Christmas spirit. (Films are rated out of 5 stars)
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