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|Original title:||The Grinch|
|Genre:||Animation, Children's Movie|
|Direction:||Yarrow Cheney, Scott Moiser|
|Production country:||USA 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 86 Min|
|Rated:||From 0 years|
It will be festive again in Whoville. Christmas is just around the corner and also this year the whole town will be festively illuminated and lavishly decorated. Everyone likes that - except one: The Grinch (spoken by Otto Waalkes) hates Christmas! The cheerfulness of the inhabitants of Whoville is for him the purest horror and Christmas carols only provide him with a violent gag reflex. There's only one thing that would make him happy right now: If he succeeds in ruining Christmas for the merry people of Whoville. And so the Grinch forges a nasty plan to cancel the festival this year. But he didn't count on the little girl Cindy-Lou…
"The Grinch" is a real Christmas classic, especially in the USA. Not only the book by Dr. Seuss, but especially the animated film from the 1960s. The real film adaptation of Ron Howard with Jim Carrey as Grinch was a respectable success, but never achieved cult status like the timelessly beautiful animated film. Now the makers of the Minions and cinema successes like "Sing" and "Pets" have taken care of the material. The story was somewhat inflated, but otherwise - except for one aspect - not really changed.
And that brings us to the actual problem of the movie. He doesn't really offer anything of his own. What is new is not only visually reminiscent of other Illumination films. The studio keeps copying itself, which makes their films extremely successful, but unfortunately very unimaginative in the long run. There are two really good gags, but they have already been processed in the trailer. The rest is rather pleasing, harmless fun, but the classic has little new to offer.
Sad is that the only real change is rather negative in origin. The moral of the story itself is that there is no need for a flood of gifts for a merry, happy Christmas. That was omitted here - maybe also to transport as much "Grinch" merchandise as possible under the trees. The background story of the Grinch is quite nice, but isn't worked out well enough to convince.
No question, kids are gonna love this movie. Nevertheless, it is a pity that charm and originality are almost completely absent here. And then there's Otto Waalkes. Again he is simply Otto - including his typical laugh and holadrio. But his voice seems far too nice to fit the Grinch. The condescending arrogance with which Benedict Cumberbatch convinces in the English original cannot be heard here in any second. Yes, I know Otto always pulls as a spokesman. But here he is actually completely misoccupied for the story.
"The Grinch" will nevertheless wash millions into the box office. And since I don't want to be a Grinch and don't want to spoil the children's pre-Christmas cinema visit, I've got two eyes closed here: Worth seeing!
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