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The Grinch movie review

Unless your heart is full of unwashed socks, you'll love the new Grinch

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The grumpy Grinch learns about what the real meaning of Christmas is with the help of a little Who from Whoville. While the Who’s down in Whoville prepare their annual Christmas celebration, the Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) is dreading it’s arrival due to his previous unpleasant Christmas experiences. As the celebration plans to get bigger and bigger, the Grinch plans to steal the holiday from Whoville by dressing as Santa Claus and taking everything Christmas away with the help of his loyal dog Max.

The rest of the film involves him planning on enacting his plan and also has as new subplot involving the young Cindy Lou Who (Cameron Seely). The best thing about this film is how faithful the story was to the original book. It does capture the original story and it’s message perfectly and seeing the Grinch prepare his plot to take the holiday led to some funny moments, but it was the subplot with Cindy Lou Who was pretty much the icing of the cake of the film. I really loved this subplot of the movie because it actually legitimately felt heartwarming and I felt that the writing in the scenes with Cindy Lou and her friends was pretty spot on for young kids. The animation once again is good for an Illumination movie.

While everyone has their own personal favorites, I can easily bet that one of those holiday tradition films, that’s easily labeled as a ‘required viewing’ for the festive season is the 1966 Boris Karloff TV special How The Grinch Stole Christmas! That’s the first production that started it all from the cartoons to the live remake with Jim Carrey and of course no one can beat the original but it doesn’t mean they’re bad.

In How The Grinch Stole Christmas released in 2000, the story focuses more on the Grinch (Jim Carrey) and his point of view as to why he’s so bitter with the people from Whoville. It details the Grinch’s past about him being humiliated by the children of Whoville and has a relationship with Martha May Whovier. It wasn’t the best origin, but wasn’t that bad at all. While this movie stayed true to the spirit of the book (despite it’s crude and inappropriate humor but it has a few good jokes) Jim Carrey, although over-the-top, did a perfect job as the Grinch. The rest of the cast did great especially Taylor Momsen as the lovable Cindy Lou-Who.

If you’re a big fan of heartwarming Christmas films then this is the movie to see! The Grinch is a perfect family film that will surely bring some laughs and smiles.

The Greyhound Growl gives The Grinch 4 out of 4 paws

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Luiza Diaz, Staff Writer

Hi! My name is Luiza Diaz and I am a senior here at Lyman. This is my first year working on the newspaper staff. I am a member of the swimming, lacrosse,...

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