How the Grinch Stole the Box Office

November 10, 2018

     The classic story of the Grinch has captured the hearts of many for over sixty years. Throughout this time, the tale has been altered and changed into different interpretations. The original Dr. Seuss story book was published in 1957. Nine years later, the original cartoon movie was released. Later, in the year 2000, Jim Carrey’s live-action version hit the big screen. The most recent animated version opened in theaters on November 9th. After watching several interpretations, the differences were clear.

     The new Grinch movie earned harsh reviews, scoring a 57% critic approval rating on rottentomatoes.com. In comparison to the former grinch movies, this grinch has been critically judged. Now, let us discover: Did Illumination Studios do the story justice? Or ruin the Christmas classic?

   “You’re as cuddly as a cactus. You’re as charming as an eel,” does not hold true in the new 2018 adaptation. Although The Grinch is targeted toward young children, this animated grinch looks too cute for the character. Possessing a cuddly appearance and perfectly straight teeth, Illumination’s grinch does not honor the description in the famous song, “You have termites in your smile.”

     Along with the design flaws of the new grinch, the voice acting of Benedict Cumberbatch does not fit the role of a grouchy hermit. His vocal qualities do not communicate the sinister spirit of the Grinch. In addition, Pharrell Williams’ narration adds nothing to the film other than a well-known name in the credits.

     Jim Carrey’s Grinch perfected physical animation and strong vocal tones, displaying personal growth throughout the film. Dr. Seuss’s original story digs deep into his bitterness, so when he completes his character arc, the audience is left rooting for him. The new grinch shows few moments of malice and seems too kind. Overall, the temperament of the new grinch is not exaggerated enough in the beginning to make his change at the end impactful.

     Along with the Grinch, the character of Cindy Lou does not match the shy, young girl in the original. This Cindy Lou is rowdy and teaches the audience a completely different moral than the original message of gratefulness. In the 2018 version, Cindy Lou spends the entire movie trying to reach Santa Claus to grant her Christmas wish. She wants her mother to have something special because of all the hard work she does. Although many viewers applaud the message, it does not teach the intended theme of the original grinch story or the character from the book.

     Recently, Hollywood seems to over-produce adaptations and sequels, rather than creating new ideas. This approach to profit leaves parents craving originality in children’s movies. The new grinch movie does not make the impact that Dr. Seuss intended. I do not recommend spending money on this Hollywood sell-out. Instead, stay home with blankets and hot chocolate. Enjoy the original with your family. A movie that all ages can enjoy and appreciate.

 

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