The Grinch is on the go

17 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

With Christmas mere weeks away, there is no need to introduce The Grinch. Some might even believe they have one in their own family. One thing is certain though, both young and old should enjoy the remake of The Grinch.

Narrated by Pharrell Williams, the movie elaborates on Dr Seuss' book about the Christmas-hating Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch), who lives above the merry town of Whoville. Down below, the mayor (Angela Lansbury) has deemed that Christmas is going to be three times as big as in previous years.

Because he hates this particular season, The Grinch decides he's going to ruin everyone's holiday by pretending to be Santa and stealing the entire town's presents and decorations.

Luckily adorable little Cindy Lou Who (Cameron Seely), whose mother Donna Lou (Rashida Jones) – a hard-working single mom – has a plan of her own: To trap Santa and ask him for a very special gift.

This adaptation is bright, colourful, and occasionally funny, but doesn't come close to matching the effectiveness of the short-and-sweet original.

While Cumberbatch's voice isn't as resonantly deep as Boris Karloff's, his Grinch is believably grumpy, angry, and resentful of Whoville's need for a ginormous Christmas celebration. The Grinch's lovably loyal dog, Max, makes the green meanie a bit more sympathetic, as does the sad backstory that explains his motivations for hating the holiday.

The movie is appropriate for most younger viewers. Expect lots of falls from heights, catapulting through the air, speeding on sleds, etc. The Grinch ends up in his underwear in a brief scene and a naked Who is seen behind a cookie that's strategically placed to obscure anything inappropriate.

Like Seuss' original, this is a story about kindness, compassion, love, and generosity being the true meaning of Christmas.

WE give the movie 3 out of 5.

Our Ster Kinekor competition starts again on 20 January, with our first edition of the new year.

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