The Grinch who stole the theaters

Ana Golden, Features Editor

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Most people know the tale of the Grinch, a Who from Whoville who doesn’t fit in and despises Christmas. There have been two remakes of the movie in the past, one animated and one live action. The third and most recent animated remake, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as “The Grinch,” was a very highly detailed, modern version of this decades old classic.

Typically, I am not a fan of remakes, but I was very surprised by my reaction to this movie. When the movie began, I honestly was not thrilled to watch it. I thought it would be really boring and repetitive, and I wasn’t sure which direction they were going to go with it. However, I immediately noticed the incredible detail of the animation. I saw the realistic camera shots, each individual hair on the Whos’ faces, and the distinct pointiness of their fingers. This caught my eye and I became more intrigued. Another more modern twist to the movie was the score. Tyler, the Creator can be heard in the background, rapping, “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

While I was watching the movie, I wasn’t sure how the director would switch up the plot. The live action version was somewhat different than the original animated movie, so I was expecting something different and unenjoyable. I was wrong, as this Grinch follows in the path of the past Grinches. He hates Christmas for an unknown reason at the beginning, and decides he is going to steal it. Each movie later develops a different reason for why the Grinch hates Christmas, but they all end in the same heartwarming way.

Additionally, there are new characters added to this movie. Cindy Lou Who has a new group of friends who tag along on her adventures. She also has two baby twin brothers and a single mom. The Grinch makes new friends, too. He meets an overweight reindeer named Fred and tries to train him to pull the sleigh he uses to steal Christmas.

I may be a little biased considering my favorite Christmas movie is The Grinch, but I highly recommend going to see this wonderful Christmas classic. This uplifting story will leave you with tears in your eyes and a smile on your face.

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