This “Grinch” is for snowflakes — and not the speck of ice the tiny town of Whoville is situated on. It’s best for kids and adults who just can’t handle the angry, diabolical monster of films past.
In this new, totally unnecessary version of Dr. Seuss’ holiday favorite, the mean one (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) isn’t all that scary or cruel. He strolls around town just like anybody else.
Those kindly Whos look at him not as a fearsome mountain dweller, but as a cranky neighbor.
The story is roughly the same as the 1966 cartoon and the 2000 Jim Carrey movie.
Christmastime is here, and Mr. Grinch can’t bear the caroling, the gifting and the general pleasantness, so he plans to rob every home of Santa’s presents. But little Cindy Lou Who gets in his way.
The best part is Max, the Grinch’s trusty dog, who’s cuter than ever. But it’s not called “How the Pooch Stole Hearts.”