THE GRINCH (G)

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STRETCH­ING THE REA­SONS BE­YOND THE RHYME DI­REC­TOR: YARROW CHENEY, SCOTT MOSIER

STAR­RING: THE VOICES OF BENE­DICT CUM­BER­BATCH, CAMERON SEELY, RASHIDA JONES, PHAR­RELL WIL­LIAMS RAT­ING: hhh

This 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 90minute film from a 30-page book.

BENE­DICT CUM­BER­BATCH VOICES THE GRUMPY TI­TLE CHAR­AC­TER IN NEW AN­I­MATED FES­TIVE OF­FER­ING THE GRINCH.

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