Moving yet inexplicably hilarious, The Grinch hit theaters recently and has had everyone’s eyes glued to the screen ever since.
Based on the original story by Dr. Seuss, the animated film follows the story of a green grump called the Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) who does not have a lot of great things to say about Christmas. The act of giving is not exactly what he likes to do, and the ridiculous amount of decorations strewn all over Whoville is just an eyesore to him.
Knowing that the holiday is set to be three times bigger this year, the Grinch, along with his small team consisting of his trusty, beloved dog, Max, and a new yak companion, set out to ruin Christmas. However, this evil scheme only shifts into the feeling of loneliness as his plans go south. As the truth unfolds, viewers are left emotional as they learn the reason why he holds such a strong disliking towards Christmas. The reason being that he was always left alone during that time of year.
The Grinch intends to steal the holiday once again with another plan by stealing gifts from the villagers’ homes dressed as Santa Claus. However, his encounter with a little girl named Cindy-Lou Who (voiced by Cameron Seely) may just change his mind on the “not-so-great” holiday.
After viewing The Grinch, my expectations for animations soared. The film portrayed a greater sense of appreciation for Christmas for both the audience and the main character himself. It was not just about negativity as many may expect from a movie about the Grinch, but humor can be detected constantly. Even without love for his neighbors, the Grinch’s adoration towards his pets lifted my mood entirely as he could never say no to their actions and simply preferred them over humans.
I definitely recommend The Grinch to anyone who enjoys stunning animated stories with characters that have very relatable personalities. There were certain parts that had me on the verge of tearing up, making me feel thankful for what I currently have now and even more aware of my surroundings. It is a touching, humorous, and light-hearted film that shows the progression of hate turning into learning from wrong to right.