Illumination’s “The Grinch” provides a new but uncalled for look into Dr. Seuss’s age old story. Like most movie remakes and film adaptations these days, “The Grinch” plays it safe by telling the story we already know.
The movie is based on Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and focuses on the Grinch and how he stole Christmas. The main idea is that the Grinch, an angry green creature devises a plan to steal Christmas from the neighboring Whos, but after his heist, he realizes the errors of his way and returns Christmas.
The problem with “The Grinch” is that it tries to take a short story and make it into a 90 minute movie. The original children’s book tried to teach readers a lesson: everyone has good in them and can change for the better. The original book succeeded because it taught the lesson in a brief way. Illumination’s attempt to make “The Grinch” as long as they did by providing mostly unnecessary backstory to the Grinch ended up making most of the movie bland and useless filler that buries the original meaning of the book.
The movie did have some good parts and these moments mainly came from the Grinch’s dog, Max, who is a classic case of an animal sidekick in an animation that acts as comic relief. Max, more or less, saves the film with his funny moments and helps to move the movie along during certain slower parts.
Though “The Grinch” is the same story most have heard a million times, I would still recommend it to kids who do not know the story because it still provides an adequate level of entertainment. But for people who know the story of the Grinch, realize that watching the movie is spending money on the same thing you’ve already seen