Friday, 9 November 2018

Anyone dissing The Grinch can do one

Apparently, Rolling Stone doesn’t rate Illumination’s new animation of The Grinch. Wow. The Grinch isn’t rock ’n’ roll enough for Rolling Stone.

That should be a recommendation.

It’s a children’s story. It’s a film for small people. The OH and I went because we – okay, I in particular – love Illumination. I spent some periods of the film simply revelling in that studio’s style of animation. envious of the digital vision.

It’s Scrooge for children, so no spoilers are needed. And its anti-consumerist message – true to Dr Seusss 1950s original book – should be welcomed by anyone with a brain.

It dodges sentimentality, but Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheneys film has plenty of heart and more than a few laughs.

Beautifully animated, it also makes great use of music (including original work by Danny Elfman) and has an excellent voice cast, topped by Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch himself, with Pharrell Williams as the narrator and Her Magnificence Angela Lansbury as the mayor.

Oh. And it is preceded by a new Minions short.

I’m happy. If you’re not happy with that, then tough.

The Grinch is now on general release.

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