Family Movie Review – The Grinch (2018)

Meet your reviewers:

Me – hi, we’ve met.
MyHusband – in a relationship for 10+ years; fluent in sarcasm, Dodgeball quotes, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail facts.
MyChild – 7 years old; current* favorite movie:  Hotel Transylvania 3
*subject to change at any moment

Movie – The Grinch (2018)


Movie Synopsis:
Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet:  he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh. Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who – a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer – plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus, as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds, so that she can ask him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all? (source – Rotten Tomatoes)

My take: I really enjoyed this movie. I grew up on the classic:

And do like the Jim Carrey version:

MyChild LOVES this version (Jim Carrey’s). I think she was about 2 the first time it was on and she saw it. I’m not saying she would sit and watch the entire movie, but this one thoroughly kept her attention and even now, she will still request to watch it (sometimes on repeat).

I felt this new movie found a happy medium between the two previous versions of the story.

The original How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1967) was very basic – straight from the words of the book. Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) went quite a bit into its own idea of the Grinch, but did introduce a back-story. I do know there are quite a few people who do NOT agree with how this movie is done and will not let their kids watch it. I understand.

The great thing is – I feel the 2018 Grinch finds that happy medium.

Yes, Grinch is cranky and does not like Christmas, BUT this Grinch is like-able from the beginning. Instead of only finding redemption when returning the stolen good (a la the original story), this Grinch has goodness from the beginning.

The Final Verdict

SK Movie Rating Scale

Me:                4.5 stars
MyHusband: 4.5 stars
MyChild:          5 stars

MyChild’s favorite part (no spoilers): “Learning that the Grinch wears underwear (you see it once in the movie) and that his pants match his fur. He’s not naked all the time!”

I’m sure you know underwear, nakedness, etc. are hilarious to the 7-year-old crowd.

We hope you enjoy!

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