Movie Review: The Grinch

Caroline Alzamora and Carly Zyskowski

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Most of us are familiar with the holiday classics such as Home Alone, Elf, and The Polar Express. Perhaps, the most famous is The Grinch. The Grinch movie came out on November 9 2018, directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier. This new animated film depicts a twist of events based on the past movies. Although the movie was slated to come out last year in 2017, it was unable to because it would’ve been released at the same time as two superhero movies, which would have lead to some competition. The Grinch is out in theaters near you including Cinepolis which is only $9.54 a ticket, right on time for the holiday season.

Originally a book written by Dr. Seuss in 1957, The Grinch was then turned into the well known Christmas animation by Chuck Jones in 1966. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a wacky story starring The Grinch, a creature who lives over Whoville with a hatred of Christmas. In 2000, How the Grinch Stole Christmas was turned into a live action remake directed by Ron Howard starring Jim Carrey as The Grinch. Now that the third remake of the movie has come out, is it as good as the two original movies?

We were curious to know how this new movie was in comparison to the past movies, so we decided to interview people from different generations who have already seen it to report how it was. As we interviewed a couple people we discovered that most of them mentioned how it was directed towards a younger age group.

We wondered how people viewed The Grinch movie so we asked Eddie Garcet, who is a parent of a child that watched the movie. He stated his opinion by saying, “It was a cute movie for kids.” He concluded that the movie’s plot was decent, but he wished that it was more straightforward like the preceding movies.

We wanted to know the opinion of a child that watched the movie so we asked six-year-old Leilani Alzamora. She stated that she “loved it” she was pleased that the Grinch had a great family even though “he made a mistake.” However, Leilani disliked The Grinch’s attitude towards his trusty dog Max.

Lena Madonick, a freshman at Hall, said that the new movie was “entertaining and fun to watch.” She also commented that it’s “a good movie to watch with your family and friends during the holiday season.”

In order to find out how it developed over time we needed to compare it to the previous movies. “2000 movie was better and clearer because it showed a clearer reason as to why the Grinch stole Christmas” Garcet stated, he thought that the newer version had more “forced humor” than the live action movie.

Leilani enjoyed the original movie, however she preferred the newer version because it is animated which made it different than the movie made in 2000. She claimed that, “It’s different because Cindy Lou sent an invite to the Grinch so he can have Christmas dinner with them rather than alone.”

As we questioned the interviewers, they stated that they would recommend it to younger kids rather than teens and adults. Garcet explained that while this movie is all around age appropriate, he would most likely not recommend The Grinch movie to older people. He stated that he liked the 2000 movie better than the new animated one.

When this question was asked to Leilani, she responded by saying she would recommend it to her friends at school and would also “tell her cousins [around her age] to watch the movie.” When asked the question, Lena stated that, “I think that younger kids would really enjoy it!”

Overall, the new Grinch movie differs from the previous movies because it is directed towards the younger generation due to the more child friendly animations. Just from these opinions, The Grinch movie made in 2000 was favored over the new animated cartoon. Based on these interviews, we probably wouldn’t watch the new Grinch movie, unless our younger siblings beg us to take them to see it.

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