You’re a mean one… well, maybe not that mean.
The Grinch is the newest version of the Dr. Seuss classic children’s book, How the Grinch Who Stole Christmas and this film is an animated film from Illumination, the company that brought us the Minions.
Benedict Cumberbatch voiced the Grinch and he does a nice job. The problem is that the Grinch seemed to be an alright dude early in this film. He had some bad things happen to him, but I did not think that his heart was three times too small. He was just lonely. I would have liked to see the Grinch be more rotten early here.
The film followed the book pretty closely, except of course that there is way more added, because it is a short book, and the original animated version was around 20 minutes long. This film is 86 minutes which requires a bunch more to the story. Unfortunately, most of the additions were weaker than the parts from the actual story. The middle of the film dragged a bit, making it feel longer than the 86 minutes.
The animation is wonderful and the colors are beautiful. The film looks great. The voices are really strong as well. Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury all do good work with voices. I was not a huge fan of Pharrell Williams as the narrator. His voice was not as deep or tense as Boris Karloff from the original.
This is a fine version, although fairly unremarkable. There are some funny bits, but it is stretched out too much. There is great animation and strong voice work. The film will probably be loved by a lot of the kids watching it, and it is passable for the adults. It could be worse.