The Grinch is a story in a fictional down called Whoville, where christmas is the most important time of year for all, exept for the the grinch who can’t stand it at all. The grinch who is portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch,a well known actor, for his recent rolls in Marvel movies or the popular TV series Sherlock. He is accompanied thoughout the film by his trusty companion a dog called Max.
The story we follow is of 2 people, the Grinch of course and a little girl who is determined to meet Santa. We can see 3 acts in the movie, the first being the introduction to our characters and their motives for the rest of the movie, the Grinch being to ruin christmas and the girl’s to meet Santa. The second act is the preparation and planning, with some comedic moments so as to not loose us. And the third act is them carrying out their plans and the conclusion to our story.
At first glance this movie seems to be a fun and upbeat, but it has an important message that can easaly be missed. Throughout the fil the Grinch is portrayed as a mischevous anoyance who seems to want to see people sad. But if you pay attention when they talk about his origins it tells the story of how loneliness and solitude can be a terrible thing. Indeed, the Grinch was an orphan who was neglected at christmas while he saw over children having fun and playing with their parents. They also mention emotional eating for laughs but it is a real problem for some people suffering from some of these things.
However, the film does not try to forcibly teach you this, if you want to go and watch it just for the fun and to have a laugh you can, but after seing it and thinking about it this is what I also saw. So if it tickles your fancy this film came out on the 28th of november and you can see it at the Pathé at Chavant. Personally I would recommend it just for how cute Max is.
By Frederick Sworn