‘The Grinch’ Delivers New Holiday Cheer


The Grinch, directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, is the most recent remake of Dr. Seuss’s children story How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Narrated by Pharrell Williams using the text from the actual book, the movie details the predicted plotline of the Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch), accompanied by his furry friend Max, and his plan to ruin Christmas.

However, the movie adds another layer of depth to the character Cindy-Lou Who (voiced by Cameron Seely), relating her own struggles to that of the modern-day individual. Through her plan for trapping Santa Claus, Cindy-Lou Who’s innocent wish for a thoughtful Christmas gift is inherently relatable to anyone who feels for their own hardworking guardian.

While still following the original story, the movie adds its own unique twists that further the enjoyment of the viewer, introducing additional characters such as Fred, the unsuccessful reindeer, and the Christmas-crazy character Mr. Bricklebaum (voiced by Kenan Thompson).

The Illumination Entertainment animated film heightens the visual appeal, accompanied by vibrant lights and decorations in the mini-bustling city that is Whoville. While giving Mr. Grinch a slightly less intimidating persona, the movie introduces the psychoanalysis of his holiday hatred, establishing an empathetic feel for his tragic childhood.

Although the movie diminishes Mr. Grinch’s cruelty factor, the overall message of spreading holiday cheer and kindness to everyone around you is impossible to ignore. That, along with the renditions of the original movie scores, such as Tyler the Creator’s spin on “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, produce a family-oriented movie that is enjoyable for all ages.

Overall, this movie deserves 5/5 stars. The Grinch is not simply of a remake of past films, and its updated storyline will surely bring some holiday cheer into its viewers.