It is always a fun idea to head to the local cinema over the festive period for a bit of Christmas movie magic. When a friend recommended we watch the new adaption of the Grinch, I wasn't convinced. I was never a big fan of Jim Carrey in the year 2000 adaption of the Grinch. I just found the movie quite bizarre. Perhaps it is just the characters Jim Carrey likes to play. It really is a marmite effect isn't it?
Dr Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is back again in animation and this time I love it. As a great starting point, the grumpy Grinch is voiced by the brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch. The Grinch lives on a mountain high cave above the gingerbread-pretty town of Whovillle, with his loyal dog Max.
As the Christmas build up and celebrations hit an all time high in Whoville, The Grinch simply cannot bear it and wants to do everything in his power to stop However, there is an explanation for his cold heart that’s rooted in the Grinch’s backstory: he grew up unloved in an orphanage where Christmas came not even once a year. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations.
As the Grinch plans to steal Christmas and ruin it for all the residents of Whoville, Cindy-Lou, a strong minded young girl plots with her friends to catch Santa Claus in the middle of the night so she can see him for real. As Christmas approaches, could Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? And what happens when the Grinch tries to steal Christmas once and for all?
As the narrator, Pharrell Williams delivers Seuss’s sing-song rhymes beautifully, and the animation is tip-top. There are also a couple of great scenes that put Cumberbatch to work. In the best of them, the Grinch ventures into town to do his groceries, stamping on the townsfolks’ Christmas cheer and merriment with malicious glee.
This was one of the best films we have seen this year to help children understand the true meaning of Christmas. The message that Christmas is not about presents and candy canes but about kindness and being together with those we care about the most. And when the Grinch gets invited to dinner with Cindy Lou’s family for Christmas, you may just feel a big lump in your throat like I did.
Enjoy with family in your local cinema or for more information visit - http://www.thegrinchmovie.co.uk/
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