Winner of VUE Weekly's 2017 and 2018 'Best Family Blog' and 2018 'Best Podcast'

Free Grinch

Gorgeous I say. Gorgeous!

I really didn’t expect much from the newest Grinch film.

Sure, it had Babycakes Mumblecrunch (Benjamin Cumberbatch) voicing the Grinch, but I really wasn’t aware of much else. I just assumed it was another Christmas money grab.

When I was approached to review it and get some stuff, I said, “Sure, I like stuff”.

And so, we sat down to watch it. And we were blown away. Aside from Elizabeth’s first statement (“I’m never buying dollar store marshmallows again.”), mine was, “Wow, this is gorgeous.” And it got better from there.

Here is the number count:

I laughed out loud a total of 14 times.

I cried twice.

I said the word ‘gorgeous’ six times.

Hyper focus and glee.

As I write this my four-year-old son is on his fifth viewing. Including the bonus add-ons.

I said to Elizabeth, “This is actually good,” three times. Once at the end.

I’ll continue.

As far as story goes, there are several extensions to the story. The Grinch is less scary, more rude, except to Max (the dog). He does love Max. I like their relationship (“You are a good dog. But a bad drummer).

They gave The Grinch a bit of a back story, and in this, his reason for not liking Christmas. While they didn’t hit you over the head with it, it made sense and did tie it all together. Cindy-Lou is also a bit more flushed out. Yes, this is still for children, but it is smarter. The introduction of Fred the Reindeer wasn’t heavy handed. The Grinch had a sleigh, he needed a reindeer. It was natural, and Fred was a natural in this.

And the ‘heist’ scene was magic. There is a visual creativity there that I haven’t seen in a while. I won’t give it away, but it was the highlight of the film for me.

Also: Body brush.

As for the bonus material there is a ‘fireplace channel’ version called ‘Cindy-Lou’s Yule Log’ where you watch a fireplace surrounded by presents. Instead of an arm coming in to stoke the fire, the Grinch comes in and slowly steals all the Christmas elements. A good time.

It wasn’t a total re-imagining, but in the ‘Grinch-iverse’, it is a solid addition. I wasn’t too keen on Tyler, the Creator’s version of the classic song, but I can look past that. The stupefying animation by Illumination (Despicable Me) and solid writing gave me a short memory when it came to the musical offering.

In the end, after all the watching and analyzing and rewatching…it didn’t feel like a Christmas movie. Just over a month out of Christmas with it fresh in our hearts, it was a Christmas movie that didn’t need to be watched during the season to be relevant.

I have a DVD/Blu-ray combo to give away. And a toque that you can see pictured below.

Head to the UnDad Facebook page for deets. Super simple.

 

 

Tagged as: , , ,

Categorised in: Products, Uncategorized

1 Response »

  1. I also really liked this movie… I took a little to see it and she said it was great except it had one scary part… but not too scary and she wanted to see it again… She is 3.
    I did not and still do not like the original grinch or the Jim Carey remake … too scary for me.šŸ’ššŸ’šThis will be my go to from now on.šŸŒ²

Leave a Reply

@TheUnDad

RSS The UnDad Podcast

  • Zoloft
    This is a step in the right direction.Ā  This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton Community Foundation for the recording space and production help. Thanks to Caitlynn Legris for her recording and vocal talents for the new intro intro. Also, many […]
  • Ghosts Jason Kenney
    Many moons ago, I sent out a weird messenger request to several friends. It was about ghosts. Well, today, the answers of Scott McGovern, Sam Varteniuk, and Angela Seehagen are brought to life...about ghosts! Also, I've added some Jason Kenney poems.Ā  This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank […]
  • Children's book reviews
    I do a lot of reading to my kids so I thought I'd go over some of my favourites (and least favourites) of out kid lit library. There is a little Sandra Boynton, Dr. Seuss, Moby Dick, Paw Patrol, and Beatrix Potter (with some others mingled in for taste). Main picture is from 'The Three […]
  • Question and Answer
    In this episode I answer questions about dreams, smells, hell, tell a tale about a really good stabber. All those who asked got answered. Take a listen! This episode is powered byĀ ATB and sponsored by theĀ Alberta Podcast Network.Ā  Thank you to Andrew Paul and theĀ Edmonton Community FoundationĀ for the recording space and production help. Thanks to […]
  • Grimpen and Friends
    This was fun! I got to play video games with a moon being (Grimpen) and his friend (Chris Nelson) and I wasn't murdered nor was I consumed for nourishment by a moon being (Grimpen). Come, listen to us play a video game (Red Dead Redemption), or don't! Here is the long description of just what […]
  • MAGApause
    This is a fun little episode I threw together after the family had a fun little nugget of food poisoning. Great times! Thanks to Jana O'Connor, Lou Casemore, and Samara Von Rad for their editorial input on the title bit. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you […]
  • A Centurion
    This was a gas. Thanks to Andred (It's a Conspiracy), Quinn (Learning to Listen), Rylan (History of Punk), Dan (Northern Nerd), and John from Fionn MacCool's (Mayfield) for the awesome. It takes a village in this episode that comes complete with a cautionary drinking game. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the […]
  • The Bryan Baeumler experience
    Bryan Baeumler will be spitting truth at the Edmonton Renovation Show this January 25-27 (@yeghomeshows). In this episode he shares some special insights into why he is how is, how he does what he does, and why chasing eels on the shore of the Sydney River makes a person who they are (@hgtvcanada). For the […]
  • The Jenerator
    I don't know how or why I've been this lucky...but maybe I do. Anyway. Jenny Adams is solid people. Even though she does not understand the existential architecture of the Snuggle Dungeon, she will always be welcomed in it.Ā  This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to […]
  • Best of The UnDad Podcast
    Sorta. I lost some episodes. I collected as most as I could. This is a month in the making. Much love to all and more coming regularly. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton Community Foundation for the recording space and […]

Follow The Undad via Email

Enter your email address to follow The Undad and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 42 other subscribers

%d bloggers like this: