Director: Yarrow Chesney, Scott Mosier
Writer/s: Michael LeSieur, Tommy Swerdlow (screenplay by)
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Pharell Williams, Kenan Thompson and more.
I did not expect to catch this film in theaters, to be honest. I figured it was a quick and easy cash grab by slapping Dr. Seuss’ name on another (remake) film. I also figured this would simply be some of the same old stuff we as movie goers see time and time again with kid’s animated films. Well, I was not completely wrong but I found myself seeing “The Grinch” and I had a pretty great time with it. Color me red and fat and call me Santa. Let us get to it!
“A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.”
As I said before, I had no expectations to catch “The Grinch” in theaters during its run. Maybe I would catch it on TV down the line, but here I am giving a proper Oberrated review. To my delight, I actually had some fun with this film. Despite having our favorite Christmas scrooge present, it is a lot of fun to the point of making one giggle like a child again. For me, it brought me back to my childhood as if I was watching Saturday morning cartoons. You simply can not go wrong in my eyes if I can have some old school childlike fun when I watch an animated film.
I would never expect a film primed for an audience of kids to go above and beyond in regards to film quality and ingenuity. “The Grinch” is pure child-like fun and that is about it. The animation looks wonderful but that would be as far as I would go at targeting impressive quality. *Spoilers? I guess?* This is a Christmas movie about a town who has fun, the Grinch who does like Christmas because he did not have fond memories of it, almost steals Christmas, does not steal Christmas cause he is shown love, the end. Cut and dry as it always has been for Mr. Grinch.
Also, an additional note of appreciation goes to Cameron Seely and Keenan Thompson. Seely plays little Cindy-Lou Who who is an utter delight to watch. Her pure heart and exploding cuteness is a show-stealer. Thompson is without a doubt one of the most hilarious characters in the film… Next to the ever adorable Max. Thompson plays the happiest man alive and overall Christmas fanatic, Mr. Bricklebaum. Both these characters were the runaway hits of the film. However I am not taking anything away from Cumberbatch and company who all were wonderful as well.
“The Grinch” will go down as yet another fun-loving Christmas movie for families and children to love and enjoy every year. I would absolutely recommend a watch in the theater if you want to spark your Christmas spirit or if you just want a fun children’s film to watch. Merry Christmas, y’all, and especially you, Mr. Grinch!
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