“The Grinch” captures the holiday spirit

Holly Feola – 1851 Staff 

“How The Grinch Stole Christmas” is a well-known classic holiday movie. This new version, titled “The Grinch” adds its own modern twist for younger audiences and fans of the original. The Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) refuses to participate in Whoville’s celebration of Christmas and rebels by trying to steal their treasured holiday.

The Grinch and his loyal partner in crime and pet dog, Max, try to avoid Whoville around what The Grinch thinks is the worst time of all: Christmas. To the Grinch’s disdain, he was forced to travel into town to go grocery shopping.

Despite trying to have limited con- tact with the Whos of Whoville, the Grinch runs into Cindy-Lou Who (Cameron Seely), a young who girl on an important mission to deliver a letter to Santa. When she tells this to the Grinch, he responds by asking if her message is so important, then why doesn’t she go tell the man himself? This inspires Cindy-Lou to catch Santa and tell him her Christmas wish.

The casting for the movie was very well done. Cumberbatch does an excellent job at adding humor to the role while still keeping the traditional Grinch character people have grown to love. Seely captures the innocence of Cindy-Lou with excellence, while adding new layers to character with humor and empathy.

This version of the movie truly brought Dr. Seuss’s book to life with an excellent portrayal of the ever so happy Whos passionately celebrating Christmas, despite the hardships they face. The movie created a strong Grinch transformation from grumpy and lonely to embracing love, joy and the holiday spirit.

“The Grinch” has more modern music than the previous Grinch movies. Tracks featured in the movie are by Tyler, The Creator and Run DMC, but seem al- most out of place among the other tracks from Pentatonix and Nat “King” Cole.

This is a perfect family Christmas movie with a message that will melt hearts. The movie reminds children and adults that the holiday season isn’t just about the gifts we receive or the decorations we hang, but the traditions and the people who we share them with.


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