The animated version of the most grumpy creature in the cinema has divided the critics who could already see the festive film.
Do you remember the Grinch? That green and hairy character that Dr. Seuss created in his children’s books will be back this Christmas season to hate the most important holiday in December even more than in previous versions, but what did the criticism of this grumpy man who detests the pines think, the chimneys and the red hats? Let’s say there are opinions divided on the final outcome of The Grinch .
Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier , the animated film sees the Grinch (with the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch ) make the decision to steal Christmas disguised as Santa Claus. After the Who decide to make the event an event three times larger than normal, there is no other option for the green antagonist to take drastic measures to avoid seeing the plump expensive of its inhabitants sing carols and be happy.
With an appropriate animation, but without finding anything new to tell about the character or his hatred for the celebration, The Grinch -55% debuted with a very divided rating. The most positive critics assure that it is well for the most infantile public, without being nothing exceptional, whereas those that more problems have with the film assure that it does not get to count on the same charm that the original caricature or the books of the author owned.
The most favorable reviews highlight that the creators of The Secret Life of your Pets – 74% and My Favorite Villain – 81% did not skimp on the animation and that it is easily less bizarre than the version Ron Howard did with Jim Carrey . Most agree that it is able to offer a fun moment and a fable about the importance of Christmas and that it is perhaps the most infantilized version of the green antagonist.
But the problems are also present. Mainly, the reviews emphasize that the licenses that the directors took with the story do not reach to have the same emotional weight than the original story. It seems that the film sins more for being less original than for incongruities in the tone or plot. Others claim that despite what one might expect Cumberbatch fails to leave its mark as the iconic character.
The Grinch – 55% is the first version of the grumpy little hair we see since Carrey lent him his eccentric personality. While the Grinch is famous for its immeasurable hatred for all things Christmas, it seems that that feeling is comparable to overwhelming yawn with which the critics have received their latest version. The film will premiere in Mexico on December 7, here are some reviews that the film received:
Kristen Acuna in Insider
Although it may not be completely necessary, it gives the 1966 Chuck Jones cartoon a much-needed update.
And it can scare away any nightmare you have from the 2000 Jim Carrey movie.
Those who expect Cumberbatch to add a bit of Dr. Strange to their version of Dr. Seuss will be very disappointed when this animated version of the Grinch buries its children under a blanket of boredom.Peter Travers in Rolling Stone
Every once in a while you’ll laugh and maybe shed a tear, but this is not the kind of Grinch you’ll want to see every year.Richard Roeper at Chicago Sun Times
“The Grinch” is beautiful and quite funny. The written material to complete the story is entertaining, but has no resonance. You can not get over what Seuss wrote.Katie Walsh in the Los Angeles Times
There is nothing in the 2018 version that makes it look like anything other than an unfortunate and swollen imitation.James Berardinelli on ReelViews
This faithful adaptation of the classic story of Dr. Seuss is perhaps the best achievement of Illumination to date.J. Don Birnam in Splash Report
A cheerfully sarcastic Benedict Cumberbatch hits the spot on Dr. Seuss.Robbie Collin in Daily Telegraph
With his charming character animation and inventive art direction, The Grinch is a great improvement over Ron Howard’s adaptationPat Padua in Washington Post
The Grinch earns its laughs and its feeling, of which there is enoughAlonso Duralde in The Wrap
It is enjoyable enough with a central message that is as charming today as it was when Dr. Seuss wrote it for the first time.Caroline Siede in Consequence of Sound
The Grinch is impossibly cute, visually rich and exudes enough festive energy to satisfy the young spectators.Amy West in Empire