The Grinch Reviews
Original Score: 3/10
I went into this new adaptation with low expectations, and while I enjoyed the film much more than I thought I would it really didn't do much to make it memorable.
I've never been so torn about a movie. It hit all the right beats that it needed to, but the things it tried to do different were done in the wrong ways. I hate comparing it to Jim Carrey's portrayal, but there is reason to.
Carrey's Grinch needed to expand on the world and character to fill the longer film time, and the expansions (his bullied childhood, his love of garbage, his tinkering) all added to the character in great ways.
The issue with Cumberbatch's Grinch (who is an excellent casting, I will add) is that they tried to make his motivation sadness rather than grouchiness. Being bullied is a great reason to hate the Whos and the season, being neglected (odd for the Who community) isn't.
This Grinch also rarely does anything MEAN. The whole grocery trip was fun, but that was as mean as he gets. There's even a scene where him and Max have an argument and the Grinch is the one who apologizes!
It's fine to have loneliness as a factor, but it shouldn't be who the Grinch is...
Still, it was largely uninteresting as far as adding to the character but it wasn't a bad film. Just a forgettable one =/ Honestly I would've loved a new story with the Grinch from this studio, or better yet a new Cat in the Hat! (though I do love Myers' Cat haha) OR BETTER YET a Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat movie!
The only thing to make this Grinch movie worthwhile is hopefully there will be a short on the dvd about the minions imprinting on the Grinch lol
Nate's Grade: C