Kristen Dragotto, Staff Writer
Most people love the nostalgia that comes from watching Christmas classics like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” This Christmas classic has found its way back into the spotlight again with the release of “The Grinch” in November. The Dr. Seuss book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” became a made-for-TV movie in 1966, directed by Chuck Jones and narrated by Boris Karloff. In 2000, the original was made into a live-action version starring Jim Carrey.
This newest remake is an animated presentation of the original story. “The Grinch” is narrated by Pharrell Williams; it is his narration that allows this new remake to mimic the original 1966 classic. The movie follows the basic storyline of the Grinch, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, who is disturbed by Christmas in Whoville every year. He comes up with a scheme to steal Christmas by dressing up as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.
While the remake does a good job of staying true to the original, it does have its differences. The variations act as great additions to the story and in some ways make it even more touching. The film offers the backstory of the Grinch’s past and why he dislikes Christmas. The explanation given to the audience makes it more touching than the version given in the 2000 live action remake. There is also the introduction of new characters like Fred the misfit reindeer and Mr. Bricklemaum who is determined to be the Grinch’s best friend. It is the presence of these characters and differences from the original that make this movie memorable and iconic in its own way.
The film’s originality included its own musical interpretation of the songs from the 1966 original. “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” was remixed for this film by the artist Tyler, the Creator. This remix and the upbeat score of the movie helped set the vibe for the movie. It gives the movie a more modern feel, setting it apart from the 1966 original.
Despite the film’s heartwarming affect, it falls short when compared to the standard set by the 1966 original most adults grew up watching. Critic Nell Minow, for the Robert Bert website, said it best in her review. “It does not surpass the Chuck Jones version (or having the book read aloud by a parent, which is still ideal) but it is far superior to the Carrey film and should become a welcome family tradition.”
“The Grinch” is the new must-see holiday movie. It inspires the wholesome family values and feel-good emotions of all good Christmas movies. Even though this film may not become the new favorite Grinch movie for those who grew up on the original, it is more than worthy of being called a new classic. If you are in the mood for a feel-good Christmas movie catch “The Grinch” while it is still in theaters.