Movie Review-The Grinch

Movie Studios Illumination and Universal Pictures team up to do their magic from films like DESPICABLE ME and MINIONS on The Dr. Seuss classic, THE GRINCH. English actor Benedict Cumberbatch, an Academy Award-nominated actor, is outstanding as the voice of The Grinch. The movie, while keeping the same basic premise of the Christmas hating, cave-dwelling Grinch, has a few new twists; such as Rashida Jones playing single mom Donna Who, and Keenan Thompson who plays Mr. Bricklebaum, the biggest lover of Christmas in the Christmas loving town of Whoville. He also tries to become friends with The Grinch.

Of course, The Grinch is consistent. He still hates Christmas and makes plans to spoil the Christmas celebration for the people of Whoville. Along with his faithful dog, Max, they devise a scheme to pose as Santa Claus and drop into town on Christmas eve to ruin the Christmas holiday for the entire town. But it's a little girl, Cindy-Lou Who (Cameron Seely) who shows the Grinch the error of his ways and ends up including him to celebrate at her home, even after The Grinch tried to steal Christmas.

The Illumination animators make for a stunning film. The colors, the Christmas lights, and the snowy backgrounds are a marvelous sight to see. Just watching the movie made me want to cuddle up in a blanket. It felt so real.

THE GRINCH is the perfect runtime right at 90 minutes (it will easily keep small kids engaged for the entire movie) and is rated PG. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate THE GRINCH a JUMBO!

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