Full of fes­tive sneer

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

Yar­row Cheney, Scott Mosier Voices of Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Phar­rell Wil­liams

new re­lease plays fast and loose with the clas­sic yarn by Dr Seuss. It’s bright, it’s wacky, it is not scary. There’s no live-ac­tion, and there’s no Jim Car­rey. The Grinch’s rea­son to be alive is hat­ing De­cem­ber twenty-five, So in Whoville he will cause dis­may by steal­ing ev­ery­one’s Christ­mas Day. There will be boos and no ap­plause for this mean, green anti-Santa Claus. (The Grinch’s griz­zly grum­blings match to the voice of Benny Cum­ber­batch.) But his side­kicks are fun, it must be said: one’s called Max, the other one Fred. Max is a dog and a loyal mate, Fred a rein­deer who could lose some weight. The trio’s scheme, at its essence: sneak into Whoville, snatch all presents. Will they suc­ceed or will they fail? Sorry, no spoil­ers for this tale. For view­ers of a re­duced age, The Grinch will soon be all the rage. For those known to be some­what older, the re­cep­tion will be slightly colder. The flaw they can­not over­look? It’s a 90-minute film from a 30-page book.

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