THE GRINCH (G) Stretch­ing the rea­sons be­yond the rhyme, US, 90 min

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - WEDDING -

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 con­stant flaw they can’t over­look? It’s a 90-minute film from a 30-page book.

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