The Grinch (2018): review28th November 2018
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The new animated adaptation of The Grinch has plenty of laughs, both for kids and adults, with some wacky childish humour. Some points may leave you silently dying inside with laughter, even in the more cringeworthy moments delivered by the rhyming narrator (Pharell Williams).
The Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch), is portrayed more sympathetically than in previous film versions. The character is conflicted with the thought of Christmas, until he meets Cindy Lou (Cameron Seely), whose words and actions eventually get through to him.
However, this and other meetings with Cindy Lou are only very short throughout the film, which spends more time setting up character backstories and adding extra characters than in the original source material – the 1957 children’s story by Dr Seuss.
Despite this, a common criticism of the film has been its closeness to older versions, so if you have watched the 2000 version with Jim Carrey before (let’s be honest, who hasn’t?) you’ll know how the film is going to go and how its going to end.
Overall though, this is the perfect feel-good Christmas film for families to see over the festive season and will keep you entertained.