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The Grinch (2018)

The Grinch (2018)


Starring the voice of
Benedict Cumberbatch
Rashida Jones
Kenan Thompson

Directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney

Playing it close to the source material is this 2018 adaptation of Dr. Seuss 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Produced by Illumination, the studio behind the Despicable Me franchise.

This is the third adaption of the book, and for me this adaptation is too bland. It never got into its own rhythm or any rhythm at all. Yes, The Grinch's heart was two sizes too small so was the fun this CGI animation delivered.

The2000 Jim Carrey's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, was a masterpiece of Christmas fun. It had its own tale, created its own story and added enough fun to make the movie something you can watch every Christmas along with Home Alone.

The plot goes, after a horrible childhood to which we get only a glimpse of, we have up in the mountains of Whosville someone known as the Grinch. The Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) is mean, cruel and very much unlikable. What he hates most is the Holidays. He has a stern dislike for the Christmas season and if possible he will rather everyone not have Christmas than experience the singing and jolly.

In Whosville the town he lives, the people have decided to make this years Christmas celebration the best, three times better than that of last year. He found this out during his run for food in the town and decided to do all he can to make sure this never happens.

His plan to end this was to find a way to steal from the town and instead of happiness and cheer all round the town on Christmas day, there will be gloom.
His plan involved him dressing up as Santa Claus and instead of giving presents away, he planned on taking them all.

Everything he planned on doing would have been perfect and even his heart would have been ok with its present size, but she came around.
The she was Cindy Lou Who, a little girl who wanted very much to give back to her mother, by going to Santa and request a special gift for her mother.

Voice adaptation was on point, the animation was familiar to that we know from the previous Illumination animations. Pharrell Williams was on board as the narrator and the musical score could have been better. The animation will be a box office success, but for me as a viewer it was not as successful as I had hopped.


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