The Grinch [2018] ★★½

I’ve been around long enough to remember seeing the 1966 short “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on TV and in “Home Alone 2” in the 90’s. And I still have fond memories of Christmas 2000, when my mom took me and my brother to see the live action version starring Jim Carrey (Yes, it sucked, you don’t have to remind me. But I didn’t know better back then). The worst thing I can say about this new animated version is that it doesn’t add anything “new” to the table. If you’re familiar with the older versions or Dr. Seuss’ classic book, then you probably know what to expect here. Benedict Cumberbatch assumes the role of the Grinch this time around, the green creature who hates Christmas so much. The plot thickens on Christmas eve, when Mr. Grinch decides to ruin it for everyone. It has always been a fun premise, and it’s always good to revisit this story every Christmas season, which is why I’m willing to cut this movie some slack. There are plenty of funny moments, courtesy of Cumberbatch himself, and I’m positive that kids will most certainly be entertained. But if I had to choose between this and the 1966 short, I’d probably go with the latter. It’s simply irreplaceable.

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