Enjoyable and cute, but probably not for everyone
Okay, first off, DOES EVERY SINGLE ANIMATED MOVIE HAVE TO BE RATED PG THESE DAYS?! This movie doesn't have anything inappropriate in it, except for a brief scene where The Grinch is doing butt exercises or something, and even then it's not as bad as adult jokes in some other family movies. This is a G-rated movie, ignore the MPAA.
Anyway, this is supposed to be a review... *cough*
Let me start out by saying that you shouldn't expect any surprises from this movie - if you know the original story of How The Grinch Stole Christmas, you basically know almost everything about this movie. But that's not always a bad thing! This movie plays it pretty safe and that's okay, there's nothing wrong with that, honestly. Just don't expect anything other than a simple Christmas movie for kids when you go watch it.
The animation is stunning. It's bright, colorful, the character designs are cute and appealing (though I understand why people may not like The Grinch's design for this very reason) the character animation is really fluid and fun to look at, the fur on The Grinch is detailed and almost realistic, the Whoville is beautiful to look at... even if you don't like the movie, it's hard to say that the animators didn't put in effort.
There are some slight changes to the story. Some are good, some are bad... to be honest, it all depends on how you see it. The Grinch is nicer to Max. He treats him like a beloved pet rather than a slave. He also does something really nice to a reindeer named Fred, but that's a bit of a spoiler. Cindy Lou has a character arc and isn't just a random little girl that The Grinch meets during his Christmas heist. But, again, whetever you like these changes or not depends on you. I actually liked this slightly nicer Grinch, but while I liked Cindy Lou's personality and goal, her arc felt like padding and the scenes with her weren't as fun or interesting as the scenes with Grinch. Also, The Grinch has a backstory that shows why he hates Christmas and honestly, while it wasn't really needed, I still found it sad and emotional enough to kind of work and it made me feel bad for a character who just seemed to be a cruel jerk up to that point.
If there's something I really didn't like about the movie, it would be the narrator. I understand what they were trying to do (he spoke in rhyme, which makes sense, since the original book was entirely in rhyme as well) and he kind of worked in the beginning, but I also feel like he ruined some scenes, ESPECIALLY the scene that showed The Grinch's backstory. I feel like simply using visuals to explain how he felt during that scene would work much better.
The humor is also mixed bag - some jokes made me laugh, some just felt awkward... honestly, even though the "funny characters" of this movie were supposed to be Fred the reindeer and Cindy Lou's friends, I found The Grinch himself to be the funniest character, mostly because I like that kind of dialogue-based, snarky humor.
I know that many people don't seem to like this version of The Grinch and that's okay, honestly, I understand where they are getting from. I personally have a bit of a soft spot for it, mostly because I don't have any nostalgic attachment to the book or the 1966s special and because I honestly really like this new Grinch (as in, the character), he is funny, cute, not as mean as his previous versions and strangely relatable.
If you feel like the book and the 1966s special don't need any improvements and you don't want to see nicer Grinch or Cindy Lou's part of the story, feel free to skip this movie. But if you are open to a bit modernized version of the famous Dr. Seuss story and you want some cute, if not mindblowing, Christmas fun, I say check it out. There isn't anything extremely inappopriate or scary for kids, so parents don't need to worry too much.
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