Yes, I’ll admit I was among those who thought “Do we need another remake of the Grinch?” at first. While the answer mostly points to “no” as nothing will ever top the 1960’s Chuck Jones classic cartoon short, I still had a lot of fun with the newest entry, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch. If you’re looking for something fun to watch with your family for the holidays or any day for that matter, you’ll want to go green for this release.
For the five people who have never seen or heard of the Grinch, the story follows the town of Whoville and their love for Christmas, as they’re always singing and being happy and kind to one another as they go about their business. Of course there’s one person who doesn’t care for all of this happiness, singing, or the holiday for that matter, and that’s the Grinch (played to eccentric perfection by Benedict Cumberbatch). Due to a sad past during the holidays, he hates it and all of the joy that comes with it, which leads him to decide he’s going to take it away from the townspeople by stealing all of their decorations and gifts so they’ll have nothing to sing or be happy about, with some help from his lovable dog and best friend Max.
Meanwhile, a kind little girl named Cindy Lou Who (Cameron Seely) is on a mission to find Santa Claus and make a wish for her mom to be happy, as her mother is constantly busy raising Cindy and her two little brothers who are always into something. As fate would have it, Cindy and the Grinch cross paths that starts off badly, but sets the wheels in motion for a change that will affect the Grinch and Whoville forever.
I liked this film more than I thought I would, as it’s fast, funny, and full of feels that win you over. It also helps that the colors and animation are spot on perfect, something the 4K UHD with HDR color Blu-ray really brings out. There are so many times where it felt like I could touch the lights and decorations that are strewn all over the town as I watched. The audio is just as magical as every quip from the Grinch and fun piece of dialogue and singing comes through as clear as a Christmas bell.
As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also some sweet special features that feel like holiday gifts in themselves, starting with three min-movies. “Yellow is the New Black” features some of the minions from Despicable Me 3 breaking out of the prison from the movie and having misadventures while doing so. “Dog Days of Winter” has the Grinch’s dog Max pushing through a bad winter and a stubborn who-person to grab some tea for the Grinch who has fallen ill, and lastly “Santa’s Little Helpers” features the Minions yet again as they have a holiday themed adventure after being accidentally dropped off at the North Pole and find work as Santa’s elves.
There’s a ton of extras after these such as the making of the mini-movies, interviews and behind-the-scenes moments with the cast, filmmakers and others involved with the main film, “I Am The Grinch” music video with lyrics, and more that’ll keep you in Whoville long after the movie ends.
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is a fun-filled holiday ride the family can enjoy anytime of the year. It has everything you could want, from crisp, beautiful animation and sound, to awesome characters and performances that bring the laughs and feels we’ve all come to expect from these type of films. So go ahead and spend some green on this one, you won’t regret it.