I’m going to be one hundred percent honest, here (y’know, cause Santa’s watching and all) – I was pretty sure we didn’t NEED another version of ‘The Grinch’.
So, being admittedly jaded before giving the lime green curmudgeon even a tinsel of a chance, I figured I’d best bring in a little assistance for this review…and the reason is simple.
I’m too old. This movie ain’t FOR me.
SO…..meet Deelah, Grade 4, and Rylinn, Grade 2. These adorable little ladies joined me at a recent screening of ‘The Grinch’, and agreed to happily provide THEIR take on the film. Just a sneak preview, here….they both liked it. (Oh, and they liked the popcorn too…….in case you were wondering).
“I think that the Grinch was cool, because at the end of the movie, you find out that the Grinch actually likes Christmas. He has a memory of when he was a kid, and he didn’t have a Mom or Dad, and that he never got to leave the house to play with the Who’s in Whoville on Christmas day. I think that you should go and see the movie, because there is a new character, a reindeer, and he’s a really, really funny reindeer.” ~ Rylinn
“To me, the Grinch was interesting and it had a lot of different characters. Fred the reindeer was the funniest in the whole movie, Max the dog was pretty good too. I loved all the gadgets and gizmo’s. I liked how, in the original, the Grinch was a darker shade of green. Making the Grinch lighter really spiced it up for me. I was happy I went to the movie, because it was really different from the original. As you know, the Grinch hates Christmas, but at the end of the story, he discovers that it wasn’t Christmas that made him unhappy, it was the fact that he was alone. It’s a good message.” ~ Deelah
So there you go, two thumbs up from our only-slightly-larger-than-thumb-size reviewers. Not that my opinion matters much at all after the stellar 2x synopsis, but here goes…
Because the project from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures (the team behind ‘Despicable Me’) stays true to Seuss – i.e., let’s forget that Ron Howard’s misguided Jim Carrey live action ‘Grinch’ never existed, if only for a few hours – it’s a winsome charmer; colorful, playful and safe. Like the concept itself, Benedict Cumberbatch, who voices Mr. Grinch, doesn’t try to re-invent anything, here….he just has a good time with it. And very likely – so too will your family.