The Grinch (2018)
The Grinch is a 2018 film by Illumination Entertainment based on the book by Dr. Seuss.
- The movie, similar to the infamous 2000 Grinch film, has a pointless backstory that is generic and predictable and doesn't need to be there (although this backstory doesn't take up much of the film thankfully).
- The Grinch is characterized ￼exactly like Gru from Illumination's other film Despicable Me (the first one to be exact). In both films, our main character is evil and tries to steal something and later has a change of heart. But this comparison is just a coincidence, since that was how The Grinch was characterised in the book.
- Bad design for the Grinch, since he looks way too soft and not menacing enough. Max's design also looks out of place and like a reject from The Secret Life of Pets.
- While Benedict Cumberbatch does a pretty good job as the Grinch, his voice sounds way too normal for the role and he sounds more like someone who's mildly ticked off than someone who has no soul and is terrifying and foreboding.
- It once again runs into the same issue most of these adaptations run into: The length. The film is an hour long and there's way too much padding just so they could have an excuse to make a film out of the book.
- The new characters who are friends of Cindy Lou don't do much and have no real personality.
- The rap update to the Grinch theme is a poor attempt at being hip and cool.
- The new moose character is just a pointless comic relief character who shows up for a few scenes and then shows up at the end to finally do something.
- Angela Lansbury as the Mayor of Whoville only appears for one scene and that's pretty much it, making her seem like wasted talent.
- The film doesn't feel like the 1966 special or the book it's based on. In fact, it sometimes even goes as far as to insult them in some scenes, although not as much as in the 2000 film.
- Mediocre comedy such as the Screaming Goat meme being used randomly as a joke.
- The scene where the Grinch gets fat when he has emotional eating is uncomfortable and gross.
- The art style is at least somewhat accurate to the Dr. Seuss books, although it's ruined by some off-putting designs and lazy reuse of assets.
- One shot in the film where the Grinch looks down on Whoville actually looks good.
- The concept art is fantastic at least, even if the film ended up being bland.
- Good voice acting, a particular highlight being Kenan Thompson as Bricklebaum.
- Some moments are worthy of a chuckle.
- The animation's quite good nevertheless.
- Like said before, Benedict Cumberbatch does a very good job at voicing and portraying the Grinch (despite its flaws), just like how Jim Carrey delivered a stunning performance as the Grinch in the 2000 film.
- It isn't nearly as insulting as the previous attempt at a Grinch adaptation, as the film is a lot more lighthearted and less mean-spirited than the 2000 live-action adaptation, for example, it lacks the scene where the Grinch saves Cindy, but the former regrets doing so and wraps Cindy in gift paper.
- Depending on your opinion, the movie actually has the Grinch treating Max nicely in some scenes, which (again, depending on your opinion) is a nice change from the original 1966 special and 2000 film.
The film received mixed to average reviews from critics and fans of the original book and special, with many calling it a play it safe kind of film that doesn't add much to the legacy of the story. As with most Illumination films, it was a box office hit, tying with Wreck it Ralph 2 on Thanksgiving weekend.