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We recently watched The Grinch, the new 2018 featuring the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, not the Jim Carry one from 2000 or the 1966 half-hour animated special. I had seen mixed reviews on it so didn't have high hopes for it going in, but we both enjoyed it. We found it funny and charming and it looked fantastic.

The story, if you don't know, is about the Grinch, a furry green guy who lives in a cave on a mountain cliff overlooking the town of Whoville. He has a bad attitude and isn't fond of people or really joy of any kind, and he especially hates Christmas. Unfortunately this year the townsfolk of Whoville are planning on making their Christmas celebration three time bigger than last year, so shortly after learning this the Grinch hatches a plot to completely ruin Christmas. Does it work? Of course not! But you already knew that.

There is a lot more comedy in this iteration than there was in the 2000 live action movie, and there's a side plot of a little girl named Cindy Lou who gets her friends to help her set a trap for Santa Claus so she can speak to him in person. The movie clocks in at about 80 minutes without the end credits so it doesn't overstay its welcome either. The makers of this movie apparently knew it was a fairly simple story and so didn't try to stretch it out like Peter Jackson did with The Hobbit, filling it with a bunch of useless scenes and plots that only detract from the story.

We thought this was a fun movie and will become one of the Christmas movies we watch each year during the holidays.

The Grinch (2018), released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, is available starting January 22, 2019.

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