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“The Grinch” steals audience hearts, Christmas

"The Grinch" is still playing in theaters.

Aryauna Thompson

"The Grinch" is still playing in theaters.

Aryauna Thompson

Aryauna Thompson

"The Grinch" is still playing in theaters.

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“For 53 years, Christmas has brought me nothing but misery. I know just what to do. I become Santa Claus to steal their Christmas. If he could deliver it one night, then I can steal it. What’s Santa have that I don’t?”

Illumination’s “The Grinch” is a modern retelling of Dr. Seuss’ classic Christmas story and is still playing in theaters. This adaptation stays true to the original classic and brings life to new characters to emphasize the true meaning of Christmas through more than just Whoville carols.

He was a creative, troubled, intelligent character who had goodness in him from the beginning.

— Aryauna Thompson, 12

While many say Benedict Cumberbatch’s Grinch is overrated, I believe he did an excellent job of creating a loveable, relatable and humorous character who can be appreciated by all. This is the best interpretation of Seuss’ tale thus far. (However, it wasn’t hard for me to be blown away by the genuinely loveable character and story, after being used to Jim Carrey’s annoying, obnoxious and frankly sad excuse for a Christmas protagonist.) Cumberbatch’s Grinch was much more than a mean green Christmas-hating machine— he was a creative, troubled, intelligent character who had goodness in him from the beginning. Instead of being a bully, the Grinch was more of a lonely outcast whose only friend was his dog, Max.

Cindy Lou’s story was much more touching in this movie than in adaptations past. She proved to be the driving force of the film and the provider of the true Christmas magic. She was an independent and confident character who showed children Christmas is about much more than materialistic gifts from Santa–it is about family, friends and love. Her story line was beautiful and captured both a childlike innocence and determination which only enhanced the message of the movie.

Cumberbatch’s Grinch was much more than a mean green Christmas-hating machine.”

— Aryuana Thompson, 12

In addition to the Grinch and Cindy Lou, several new characters were added to accompany the dynamic duo. From the over-enthused Christmas decorator, to Fred, the reindeer, the new characters brought life and laughter to the film which, in my opinion, surpassed that of the original and the 2000 version.

The imagination behind this film was incredible. Every detail from the Grinch’s and Cindy Lou’s inventions, to the unique houses in Whoville, to the Grinch’s cave and wardrobe enhanced the film and brought the story to life. The beautiful detail work did not go by unnoticed and left me awestruck in the theater. The music brought a modern flare to the classic, and progressed, rather than replaced, the classic score.

While “The Grinch” is a retelling of a preexisting tale, it brings a Christmas magic to the screen in a way not many movies can. It has the potential to resurface feelings such as nostalgia, love, friendship, happiness and magic. This adaptation can make any grinch’s heart grow three sizes and bring the joy of Christmas to all.

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Aryauna Thompson, Staff Reporter

Hello! This is my third year as a staff reporter on The Eagle's Tale staff. I am incredibly excited to yet again work with such an incredible team of journalists....

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One Response to ““The Grinch” steals audience hearts, Christmas”

  1. James Barrington on December 22nd, 2018 9:48 am

    You, your writing, and your insights are all amazing, Aryauna. You’re written another review that makes me want to see the movie behind it.
    I love you!
    Grandpa

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