Movie Review: The Grinch (2018)

It’s a story we all know, based on the 1957 Dr Seuss book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  The 2018 version of The Grinch is computer animated made by Illumination and released by Universal Pictures.  It stars the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely and Angela Lansbury, and narrated by Pharrell Williams. The plot follows the Grinch as he plans to ruin Whoville’s Christmas celebration by stealing all the town’s decorations and gifts.

Here’s the trailer:

Our review

As a parent, I love the message this story tells about Christmas and the holidays not being about “things”.  In today’s day and age, this is a vital message to send to kids.  I also like the message that just because something has hurt you in the past is no reason to take joy away or try and hurt others.

As a single parent, I loved the fact that this particular version focused a lot on the single parent family and the struggle it takes just to do life some days let alone pull together a Christmas. The hugs and thank you’s I received from my older two boys tell me the message was received by them.

It was bright and colourful to keep the attention of the younger children with plenty of humour thrown in for all ages.  My only criticism would be some of the things the Grinch did in the early scenes were mean and hurtful and having JUST had discussions with 2 of my kids about this kind of behaviour a small part of me was thinking “aargh am I going to see these scenes played out in my house over the next few weeks”

I have to admit; I scare easily so do get a little freaked out by the Jim Carey version as do the kids, this one was much more family-friendly with loveable characters, lovely colours and scenery and a beautiful message. I’d love to see it again.

Illumination has received criticism in the past for movies such as Minions, but they’ve hit the nail on the head with this one!

The Grinch is in Australian Cinemas from 29 November 2018.

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