Swanner: This is a remake of the 1966 How the Grinch Stole Christmas as a full length animated feature. There was also a 2000 live action feature film staring Jim Carrey as the Grinch. For those unfamiliar with the story, the Grinch is the grumpy recluse who lives in the mountains above the lovely town of Whoville. Every year the town goes overboard on their celebration of Christmas. The Grinch decides to impersonate Santa Claus but instead of bringing presents, he is going to steal everything that has to do with Christmas. The film is based on the Dr. Seuss children’s book.
When I heard they were remaking the story I immediately wondered why. Then I realized that the original came out 52 years ago and maybe it’s a bit dated for a new audience of children who are use to sharp clear animation. To make this a full length film they have added a secondary story-line for Cindy Lou Who, who now is older than two. She wants to meet Santa Claus and plans to abduct him on Christmas Eve, when he’s delivering presents. This story-line just felt like cheap filler in between the Grinch’s story.
The Grinch is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, who I thought was going to be a good voice, but he actually came off more like a bitchy gay guy. The film comes from the Illumination folks that bought us Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets. The film suffers the fate of most of the animated films from this company, there is no heart. I felt nothing for the characters in this film, which is a shame since it looks wonderful, and I was definitely there for some Christmasy fun.
Swanner: 2 stars