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