Guest Post- Review: Illumination’s The Grinch

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I welcome my daughter as a guest reviewer for this post. She attended this movie with friends. The movie opened November 9th, 2018.


Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. It’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Whoville when he runs out of food. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter, and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides to pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh. Meanwhile, down in Whoville, Cindy-Lou Who, a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer, plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one.

My Opinion

This movie for me was almost exactly the same as the original version, which I liked except with updated graphics. Just like the original, this movie can be enjoyed by all ages. I went to this movie with a 4 year-old, who at times thought the Grinch was a bit mean and at times didn’t understand the humor. My favourite character was Mr. Bricklebaum because he reminded me of my Mom. He had a love of decorating that was just a bit overboard  just like my Mom does this time of the year. This version made The Grinch an orphan which I thought helped explain why he might not understand Christmas as much. The only thing I didn’t really like is that there was all new music and none of the classic songs. Watching this movie helped me get excited for this Christmas season.

FUN FACT: Pharrell was the narrator.

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