Grinch shows spirit

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - Tanya Mac­naughton

DOES the world need an­other fes­tive flick ver­sion of the Dr. Suess 1957 clas­sic How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas fol­low­ing Jim Car­rey’s 2000 live-ac­tion adap­ta­tion?

The an­swer is a whole­hearted “yes” af­ter see­ing the dis­grun­tled or­phan, whose heart is two times too small, in all his Il­lu­mi­na­tion-pro­duced an­i­mated glory.

With the ti­tle char­ac­ter voiced by Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch and nar­ra­tion from Phar­rell Wil­liams, The Grinch is a colour­ful, joy­ful and highly en­ter­tain­ing film to get ev­ery­one in the Christ­mas spirit, even those who might re­late with the green crea­ture’s anti-fes­tive feel­ings.

Liv­ing with his loyal dog Max on Mt Crumpit, over­look­ing Whoville, the Grinch de­cides this year’s fes­tiv­i­ties are too much for him to han­dle when Mayor Mcgerkle (An­gela Lans­bury) de­cides Christ­mas needs to be three times big­ger than be­fore.

He plots to spoil Whoville’s Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion by steal­ing all the town’s dec­o­ra­tions and gifts on Christ­mas Eve with an elab­o­rate set of gad­gets and giz­mos.

Mean­while, five-yearold Cindy Lou (Cameron Seely) wor­ries about her stressed sin­gle mother-ofthree Donna Lou (Rashida Jones) and de­cides to stay awake on Christ­mas Eve to ask Santa for help.

There are laugh out loud mo­ments, es­pe­cially from sup­port­ing char­ac­ters such as Cindy Lou’s best friend Groop­ert (Brad O’hare), the Grinch’s neigh­bour Brick­le­baum (Ke­nan Thomp­son), cof­feemak­ing rein­deer Fred who has a fond­ness for whipped cream, and a ran­dom goat.

The film cap­tures the child­hood won­der of Christ­mas, but more im­por­tantly it tack­les a big­ger so­ci­etal is­sue high­lighted dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son: lone­li­ness.

Kind­ness can change a life and a take-home mes­sage about in­clu­sion is one of the great­est Grinch gifts of all.

The Grinch

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