Film Review: The Grinch

Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier’s adaptation of The Grinch is an entertaining affair. The film should prove enjoyable to both children and adults, even if it is forgettable.

The Grinch hates Christmas. When he finds out the residents of Whoville are planning an even bigger celebration for the festive season, he puts a plan in motion to steal Christmas…

Illumination’s The Grinch is the third major adaptation of the Dr Seuss classic, after the 1966 television special and the 2000 live-action film. Directors Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier have created an entertaining feature; the film hits the spot for those looking for a bit of festive escapism.

The film distinguishes itself from earlier versions with a number of small changes. The title character in this new version is rather more sympathetic, in spite of his grouchiness. Cindy Lou Who meanwhile has a more integral role. Her modus operandi is laudable, even if the character is a little irritating at times. The change to the family setup gives the film a modern twist.

Running at under an hour and a half, The Grinch is well paced and does not outstay its welcome. The humour works well for the most part, even if some of the jokes are clearly aimed at younger viewers. In its more emotional moments, the film is pretty effective at conveying its message.

Benedict Cumberbatch is decent in the title role. Pharrell Williams’ narration is a nice touch, expanding on Dr Seuss’ original text. Rashida Jones is also a welcome addition. The animation is bright and appealing. The sweeping shots, particularly in the introduction, pull viewers into the fantasy world. Music in the film is good, with some alternative Christmas classic included.

With its familiar story, The Grinch offers sufficient festive fun, even if it is unlikely to become a classic.

Previews: The Grinch Trailer, Tully, More!

Lots of film-related goodness in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including The Grinch trailer, The Strangers: Prey at Night, Tully and more…

The Grinch Trailer

Here is the new The Grinch trailer. The upcoming animation is the latest adaptation of the Dr Seuss’ classic. The 2000 live-action film How The Grinch Stole Christmas was one of the highest grossing movies of its year, so it will be interesting to see how this new version fares. Featuring the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, The Grinch will be released in UK cinemas on 9th November 2018.

The Strangers: Prey at Night Trailer

This trailer for The Strangers: Prey at Night reveals little about the plot but a lot of the genre. The film is about a family holiday that goes wrong with the arrival of some strangers. The horror movie stars Christina Hendricks and Martin Henderson. The Strangers: Prey at Night will hit UK screens on 4th May 2018.

Tully Trailer

Above is the second trailer for Tully. The film sees director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody reunite with star Charlize Theron, following 2011’s brilliant Young Adult. The film is about a mother of three young children who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Also starring Mackenzie Davis and Mark Duplass, Tully will be released on 20th April 2018.

Truth or Dare Trailer

The latest film from producer Jason Blum is based on that time-honoured party game. Truth or Dare is about a group of friends who must play the game, with horrendous consequences. The film stars Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey. Truth or Dare is set for release in UK cinemas on 13th April 2018.

Love, Simon Clip

Above is a clip from the upcoming Love, Simon. It gives a pretty succinct introduction to the title character in the film, which is based on the novel of the same name. The film stars Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, and Josh Duhamel. Love, Simon is out at UK cinemas on 6th April 2018.