The Grinch Reviews
The story follows a mean-spirited, cynical and grumpy Grinch who sets his eye on a mission, with his energetic dog Max, to destroy Christmas for one deplorable reason. The Grinch really hates Christmas, especially the loud, bright celebrations in Whoville. In order to get some peace and quiet, the Grinch disguises himself as Santa Clause and you‚(TM)ll have to wait to see how he steals Christmas from The Who‚(TM)s. He doesn‚(TM)t expect what happens when he meets a young girl names Cindy Lou. The Grinch realizes he is only afraid of one thing that has affected him his whole life.
The lead characters in this film are Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch), Cindy Lou (Cameron Seely), The Mayor of Whoville (Angela Lansbury), Izzy (Scarlett Estevez) and narrator (Pharrell Williams).
My favorite part of the film is when the grumpy and cruel Grinch changes his attitude and action choices. He has a change of heart and experiences his old ways to become happy and respectful as he feels valued (which is what everyone should feel). A quick theory of what happens is the small young girl changes the Grinch heart with a sentence, and that sentence changes everything.
This holiday film will definitely bring lots of laughs and humor. The film certainly provides positive messages about optimism, compassion and generosity. The animation deserves a big round of applause. It is jaw dropping, extraordinary, realistic to the story theme, beautiful and vibrant. The amazing animation is brought to life by Cinzia Angelina (storyboard artist), Sylvia Deboissy (Character Designer/ Development Artist), Patrick Muylken (color designer) and many more.
I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 16, as well as adults. Truly, the whole family will enjoy the film. It is designed with so much reaction moments.
Reviewed by Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by youth, visit kidsfirst dot org.
But there were plenty of positives too. For example the build-up towards the climax was nice to watch, all of his gadget building, searching for reindeer, as well as his recon attempts, it felt like no time was wasted and that everything was well paced. The jokes in the movie for the most part were pretty good, it's hard to make laugh out loud but I appreciated the sense of humor it had an could see this as a very humorous children's film. The comic relief character also didn't feel overbearing, that may have been because he was there for ten minutes and a small cameo in the end of the film, but nevertheless he gets a pass. I like how the Grinch just doesn't only have one emotion now, but a conflicted perspective of emotion and who he cares about. As for the animation, it didn't look bad. There are times where the movie really shines with its animation, like in the Stealing Christmas scene, everything was animated so fluidly and was so intriguing to watch, I was invested. But of course, the animation style is not my favorite but it isn't something to be mad about either. An the final thing I'd like to talk about is the music, the music has been greatly changed from its previous incarnation, using different music mediums like rap, jazz, and of course some original remixed soundtracks.
Overall, I was expecting worse but I came out surprised and had a good experience. Definitely not one of my favorite movies but a good one nonetheless. 6/10
I would recommend you to see this film with your family at Christmas time because I had a fun time watching it. Recommend 6+ for some scenes of Slapstick.