Last night my kids and I watched The Grinch, which is currently available to stream on Netflix or to rent on Amazon for $3.99 (affiliate link). This is the version that was released at the end of 2018, so I doubt you’ll need my review, but I’ll tell you my thoughts anyway.
We had never seen it before. I wanted to like it, but I didn’t really care for it.
It does have some nice Christmas scenes – for example, my kids ooohed and aaaahed over the scenes of Whoville all lit up with Christmas lights. It also has some nice music, but some annoying music as well. I can’t quite put my finger on why I ultimately did not like it, but it’s probably along the lines of the revamped storyline being unoriginal and trying too hard.
But perhaps that is a reflection of my age. What is original anymore, when one is as old as the hills?
You see, my kids, to whom most things are original, said they liked this version a lot and actually preferred it over the 1966 short. They were very interested and emotionally moved by the Grinch’s back story (when he was a baby Grinch he had a sad Christmas, and has never recovered). This opened up a brief family conversation about how people will do mean and/or desperate things when they are in pain. The Grinch seemed to actually help my kids understand this concept.
The dog Max is still adorable, and my kids and I both really liked him.
Cindy Lou Who is not 2 years old in this version. Again, I was on the fence about whether or not I liked the new Cindy Lou Who. She is not too annoying, thankfully, and is kind and does illustrate acts of kindness for kids.
The runtime for this movie is only 85 minutes with the credits, which is a very positive thing.
So, to summarize, I’d recommend it for kids, but adults who are fond of How the Grinch Stole Christmas might just tolerate it once for the kids’ sake.
(Image credit: Universal Pictures, et.al.)
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