The Grinch Gets a Makeover

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The Grinch Gets a Makeover

Margaux Bouniol, Staff Writer

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The Christmas season is upon us and many people are feeling extra festive this holiday season. Christmas lovers are ready to participate in any activities that will make this the best time of the year. If you are one of these people, you have probably seen or at least heard of the new Grinch movie. This movie has been getting a lot of attention and is still one of the most highly recommended Christmas movies of the year. This movie, The Grinch, is a newer take on Dr Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, including new characters, new music, and a new plot as well. This new version of a classic leaves something for everyone to like.

The Grinch, based on the classic children’s story, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, is a new movie with a whole new story. In this movie, the Grinch is still looking to cause trouble for the Who’s of Whoville, but he is going about doing so a little differently. One major change is the introduction of the Grinch’s fat little reindeer assistant named Fred. He was the only reindeer that was willing to help the Grinch and Max ruin Christmas for the Who’s; however, we later learn that Fred has a family. As for Whoville, the town received quite a makeover as well as the introduction of some new Who’s. One of the most notable characters is Cindy Lou Who’s mom, Donna. In the new movie, we get a look at Donna’s life as she struggles to raise three kids on her own while also maintaining a full time job. The new movie was directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney and includes a completely new cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch and Rashida Jones, and a completely new soundtrack.

Many people were quick to praise the newest take on How The Grinch Stole Christmas, claiming the new characters and plot line enriched the story. One popular addition was Donna, Cindy Lou Who’s mother. While Cindy Lou’s mother was a known character in all previous adaptations of the story, her character was never as developed as it was in the newest version of The Grinch. Many parents support the portrayal of a strong, hard working, single mother and feel that Donna is an accurate representation of this. Many critics claim that by adding Fred, a lovable and adorable new character, the movie was much more enjoyable for children. Most critics seemed to agree that this movie carried a fresh feeling of warmth that really puts people in the Christmas mood.

Some critics, though, did not feel the same way. Some believed that this version did not live up to the original and missed the point altogether. They believed that the Grinch was not as evil and disgusting as he should have been, or that the movie became so modern that it seems too foreign to be based on How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Others believed that the introduction of the new characters was absolutely pointless and distracted from the main plot. Regardless, the movie made $67.6 million in its weekend debut, finishing first in the box office for that week, and remained near the top for quite some time. The overwhelming amount of positive reviews seemed to outshine the negative ones at the box office.

In the end, reviews will not determine if you want to see this movie or not. If you are someone that loves classic Christmas movies, The Grinch may be a nice new look at an old favorite. Perhaps the exploration of some of your most beloved holiday characters is just what you need. If you are someone that does not like change, you should consider this a warning that you will see a lot of differences in this version. Another important factor to note is that this is a Christmas movie, so it does not include a plot line that is completely applicable to viewers of different faiths. The story of this movie is based on kid-friendly comedy so do not be surprised if you are joined by a theater of 7 year olds if you go to see it. Remember to keep all of these things in the back of your head when deciding whether or not you should go.

Personally, I think that this movie was a great way to prepare myself for the holiday season. I grew up reading Dr. Seuss and I absolutely loved How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Seeing the new The Grinch version of Max in theaters was an amazing and nostalgic experience for me; however, the best part of the movie, in my opinion, is the soundtrack. The movie includes a two amazing Christmas songs by Tyler The Creator and a separate 6 song album available on Spotify. This was an interesting take on the original, but fit so perfectly with the movie. The movie played multiple hip hop songs, including one of my favorites: a section of Boogie by Brockhampton. Though some critics may find that putting rap music in a children’s movie is distasteful, I thought that this mix was a great way to get young people like myself excited for this movie. So go ahead and give The Grinch a try. Even if you hate it, I can promise you that you’ll at least like it more than the Jim Carrey one.

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