Benedict Cumberbatch's 'The Grinch' Trailer Is Here and I'm Not Sold
2000 seasonal classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas is, as we all know, Jim Carey's finest work to date. It was also the film that launched the career of slightly unsettling Gossip Girl-turned-intimidating rock musician Taylor Momsen.
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So when I heard they were remaking Dr. Seuss's beloved Christmas tale, I thought "I see no reason to do this." I thought, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." I thought, "How could they possibly improve on the perfection of Jim Carey's mediocre masterpiece that I love without truly being able to articulate why?"
The 1996 animated feature was also amazing and gave rise to the greatest gif of all time. See below.
Why, after these two wonderful adaptations have done all that can be done with the original text, do they feel the need to...do it all again?
And I have to say: having watched the trailer for the upcoming remake, my mind just has not been changed significantly. Any trailer that features a Minion in any way, shape or form is doomed from the get-go, and sure enough, a Minion announces the name of Illumination Entertainment, the American film and animation studio behind such objectionable films as The Minions, Sing, and The Lorax. I'll admit that Despicable Me was pretty good, but the goodness ends there.
The trailer opens to the tune of Happy by Pharrell, which is a great song but already its usage feels dated and a bit cheap. The few lines delivered by Cumberbatch as the titular character throughout the trailer feel somewhat lackluster, and nothing is particularly amusing. There is no discernible plot except the Grinch's intention to 'be bad,' and though Max is cute, he's the only other main character we're introduced to, so it's hard to know if this new film will follow the original storyline of the book.
I'm just not sold. He doesn't even look grumpy or evil enough. He lacks character. The whole thing has left me feeling distinctly grumpier and more evil than he ever appears in the trailer. What do you think?
The Grinch will hit cinemas November 9th.
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