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Review: ‘The Grinch’ is a Feel-Good Holiday Movie for all Ages

November 9, 2018Sherry Li

The Grinch, from directors Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, is a charming, fantastically funny and endearingly wholesome movie that will put audiences both young and old in the Christmas spirit.

The story is nothing new, with the Grinch, (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) bitter about spending Christmas alone and wanting to ruin the holiday for everyone in Whoville. But it's the film's unbelievably likeable cast of characters that make The Grinch so much fun. Cindy Lou (Cameron Seely), along with her adorable gang of friends (Tristan O'Hare, Scarlett Estevez, Sam Lavagnino and Ramone Hamilton), will quickly win you over, as they attempt to catch Santa Claus to try and help Cindy's mother, Donna (Rashida Jones). The movie also features a hilarious depiction of Max the dog and a robust reindeer named Fred, as well as narration by Pharrell Williams.

Though the comparisons to the Oscar-winning film starring Jim Carrey may be unavoidable, this animated version of The Grinch manages to stand out on its own and bring its own special magic to the classic Dr. Seuss tale.

Cumberbatch does a fantastic job as the titular character, bringing ample depth to the role with some surprisingly great comedic delivery. The entire movie is also filled with plenty of cute and funny moments, which help elevate the result above its very much expected storyline.

Overall, The Grinch will satisfy those in search for a feel-good family film or just a fun holiday movie. Though it may not feel exceptionally original, it's exactly what you might expect going in — an adorable, goofy flick with lots of charm, and filled with cute characters and a heartwarming message perfect for the holiday season.

The Grinch releases November 9, 2018 from Universal Pictures Canada. The film has an MPAA rating of PG for brief rude humor. Its runtime is 1 hr. 30 min.

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