Holiday Movies for Kids: The Grinch Movie Review

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Movie Review

Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour 26 minutes

holiday movies for kids: the grinch movie review

Let me start by saying I’m a complete Christmas crazy person.

Like, full blown, leave my trees up until well into January, sing Christmas carols in November, bake all the cookies Christmas crazy.

So a new Grinch movie?!?! Sign me up! And Benedict Cumberbatch? I love him!

The Grinch Movie has the same visual effect as the Lorax, which I love. And with lots of camera movement and animation trickery, you feel as if you’re in the movie at points, without any 3D effects. Winter wonderland in a movie theater, again, sign me up!


The Grinch Storyline

We all know the story of the Grinch. It’s a classic, so I won’t even talk plot points with you.

What I loved about this new movie is their version The Grinch.

In the short animated version we’ve all seen 1,000 times, he’s mean, and rotten and kinda scary and gross. In Jim Carrey’s version, more of the same. He eats glass and garbage and all of that.

In this version, Benedict Cumberbatch makes a much more human Grinch.

Instead of scary, he’s lonely and sad. Instead of cruel he’s hurt. And it’s easy to love him. In this version the relationship between Grinch and his dog Max is played up quite a bit and it’s endearing and charming, especially to a dog lover like myself.

Cindy Lou Who is less obnoxiously sweet in this version and more relatable.

Rashida Jones is the perfect actress to voice her calm and overworked mom. That was the other plot element I enjoyed in this version.

It explored the relationship between an overworked single mom and her small children. The appreciation and love in that dynamic was evident and contagious.

There were plenty of times while watching that I was tickled by the chuckles and flat out belly laughs of children in the theater watching, mine included. My 6 year old particularly liked the bit where Grinch steals pickles out of a basket at the grocery store, spits it out and then puts the jar in someone else’s basket.

The movie does a great job of appealing to kids sense of humor.

My favorite part of this version of the Grinch was that it was not afraid to be totally cheesy. The Grinch is chased through town by carolers and hugged by a man known as the jolliest man in town.

The very last line in the movie made my night.

“Her kindness changed my life. Kindness and love are what we need most of all.” (Or something very close to that.)

I constantly hope and try to teach my children to be kind. To sit with the lonely kid at lunch and play with the kid at recess that is by themselves and to just be kind humans who give second chances and grace. So that line sealed the deal for me; this new Grinch movie is Christmas movie royalty.

…I should know,

I’ve seen them all!

Cast of The Grinch:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Cameron Seely, Kenan Thompson, Pharrell Williams, & Angela Lansbury

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