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John Gillipsie: ‘Grinch’ brings a new spin to a holiday classic

November 29, 2018

Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on Illumination Presents “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” which is rated PG and currently playing in theaters.

It just doesn’t seem quite like Christmas at our house if we don’t see the 1966 animated classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at least once during the holiday season.

Since I grew up with the original animated version of the story, I was hesitant to check out the new animated film titled “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” which stars the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch. However, I am glad that I saw this new version as it is quirky, cute and funny and it doesn’t stray very far from the story that most of us already know and love.

If anything the Grinch in this new version seems nicer even though he is still mean enough. This new version also offers us a more believable reason for why the Grinch doesn’t care for Christmas. Also, in this current version of the story the Grinch’s dog, Max, seems even more devoted to his master. We also get to meet a reindeer named Fred, who has an important role to play.

Also, Cindy-Lou Who (voiced by Cameron Seely) gets a larger role as a very active girl with plenty of friends who wants to stay up late on Christmas Eve and talk with Santa in order to make life better for her hard-working mother (Rashida Jones).

Meanwhile, Angela Lansbury provides the voice of the Mayor of Whoville and Kenan Thompson is the voice of Mr. Bricklebaum, who is a cheerful man who thinks of himself as the Grinch’s friend. The movie is narrated by Pharrell Williams.

This very charming film offers plenty of life lessons for families including the power of forgiveness in addition to the importance of caring about the well-being of our neighbors, relatives and friends.

John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art.

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