Illumination’s ‘The Grinch’ Is Well Worth a Trip to the Theater


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Illumination's 'The Grinch' is the latest version of Dr. Seuss's timeless classic.

Zoe Mazaira, Staff Writer

“And he puzzled and puzzled until his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t thought before. What if  Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” – Dr. Seuss

This last Sunday I watched the new release ‘The Grinch’. The story is a tradition and almost everybody everywhere knows the tale. Illumination did a wonderful job of retelling the story, and Benedict Cumberbatch was excellent as everyone’s favorite green Christmas.

As it is with all movies, there are several differences between this version and the classic tale. One was the festive neighbor Bricklebaum who decorated the most fiercely and with the most passion.  He also happened to think the Grinch was his best friend. Then there’s Fred, a fat friendly reindeer whose always ready to pull the Grinch’s sleigh for him … or break something.

Cindy Lou Who, the hero of the 2000 live-action film How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is much different here. While the other versions of the movies have portrayed her as an important character, this one gave just a glimpse into her life story. She has baby twin siblings and, with her dad mysteriously gone, her mom is completely overworked. Unlike most kids who plan to catch Santa, Cindy Lou makes a plan and carries it through to the end. Whether she catches him or not, you’ll have to see for yourself.

Max is not new but this new version of him opened my eyes to the other parts of the movie. Anytime the Grinch is near Max, he’s happier and more open. You see a whole new side of the Grinch besides the grumpy, sardonic Grinch we usually see. It proves the fact that dogs are good for everybody, even Grinches.

This movie was really good in my opinion. It was definitely aimed at a younger audience so expect for there to be a lot of little kids.  Have a great time watching and remember that it’s never too late to realize, like the Grinch, that Christmas does, indeed, mean a little bit more.