Christmas has officially arrived!

The Grinch, 6.1/10, answers the following questions… Did we really need a remake of The Grinch? Probably not. Does it bring the same Christmas magic that the original brings? Again, probably not. But does that mean that The Grinch isn’t hilarious, fresh and entertaining? Certainly not. The Grinch merely offers an animated addition, 18 years on, to reinvest the interest of a younger audience – one that probably (and disappointingly) has never seen the original. I don’t believe this remake ever thought it was going to outdo the first but they certainly gave it a fair shot. The Grinch is both hilarious and refreshing and I realised 20 minutes in that if I switched off the reviewer mindset, I would probably enjoy it more for what it is and its intended watching experience.

The storyline is obviously not too dissimilar from the 1966 television film nor from the Jim Carrey 2000 version but then again, I guess you can’t move too far away from the 1957 Dr Seuss book. Therefore, I’m not going to delve too deep into the plot. Illumination have a certain animation style that is instantly recognisable and what they definitely know how to do is create humour out of the most surprising situations and what I will say is, The Grinch really is quite humorous. Benedict Cumberbatch’s take on this notorious character is brilliantly done. Admittedly, when I first heard the news that he was going to voice the green cynical grump, I was a little sceptical. However, Cumberbatch quickly puts that scepticism to bed. His vocal range at times makes you forget its him as he brings the green fur-ball to life. The Grinch is heart-warming, hilarious, vibrant in colour and full of Christmas joy, but I don’t believe it adds anything new. Where it falls short of being a Christmas classic is something that is almost indescribable. I know it sounds outrageous but it just lacks that “magic”. However, the first time I watched Arthur Christmas for example, I felt like a child again. For a small while, I almost believed again. Upon watching The Grinch, that same magic was lost. This does not mean that you should take that as The Grinch should be a film to avoid as on the contrary, the younger audiences will love this movie and so they should as it is thoroughly entertaining. However, if you’re looking for a movie that could ignite a spark in a Christmas cynics’ hearts, then I don’t think this is the one for you.

Picture: 7/10

Sound: 6/10

Narrative: 6/10

Acting: 7/10

Originality: 5/10

Entertainment (of its genre): 6/10

Overall rating….. 6.1/10

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