My six and ten-year-old daughters were very excited to see this latest rendition of Dr. Seuss’ classic, so I made a point to take them on opening night. I believe they’ve seen the classic cartoon movie, but I don’t think they’ve ever seen the Jim Carrey live-action version. This will be relevant later.
I have to be honest, for a Friday night, five o’clock showtime, the theater didn’t have many empty seats. As you can imagine, most of those seats were occupied by people whose feet didn’t touch the ground. It seems as though a lot of people were genuinely excited to see this.
At a brisk hour and a half, the new Grinch is perfect in terms of length. It’s just long enough to tell a story, but brief enough to avoid anyone getting bored.
Well, most anyone. More on that soon.
My daughters thought it was hilarious, cute, and delivered a nice message about reaching out to others while also forgiving past grievances.
So, for the kids, especially those who haven’t seen Jim Carrey’s version, this is probably a really cool movie.
That being said, I was bored silly.
In my opinion, you’ve already seen the best parts during the previews. Otherwise, it hits most of the same beats as what you’ve seen before while adding new, unnecessary elements. It’s nowhere near as clever as Jim Carrey’s movie, nor is it as entertaining. Of course, I’m forty-one, so I’m sure I’m not this movie’s demographic. And that’s totally fine. I’ve got my Grinch movie, let the kids have theirs. Just be prepared to take one for the team on this one–it’s not great.
However, there is much to appreciate. The animation is absolutely beautiful. The snow, the hair and fur, the Christmas lights–it’s all stunning. The characters’ movements are also incredibly fluid and natural. This movie looks good from an artistic and technical perspective.
There are also a few laugh-out-loud gags. I wasn’t miserable, not by any stretch of the imagination. And when I looked over at my kids, they both wore a smile ear-to-ear. I honestly think your children will get a kick out of it.
Is it suitable for young children? Absolutely. In fact, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Grinch is the nicest Grinch you will have ever encountered. He’s mean for maybe five minutes before he sees the errors of his ways, and he’s not even that mean. This version is far more sanitized, wholesome, and family-friendly than ever before.
If you’re looking for a family movie, it’s hard to go wrong with 2018’s The Grinch. The kids will love it, and it’s just short enough that the parents will be able to endure it without complaining …
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