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.ūüíöūüíöThis will be my go to from now on.ūüĆ≤

Leave a Reply

@TheUnDad

RSS The UnDad Podcast

  • Lake of the Strangers
    In celebration of Lake of the Strangers winning the Sterling Award for ¬†Outstanding New Play (they were nominated for four awards), and in connection with Naheyawin, I've revisited my viewing of the play so many months ago. I was sent a series of questions about how I was affected by the work. I also did […]
  • I couldn't help but laugh
    If this is my eulogy then consider me dead and smiling. ¬† 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 […]
  • Three made up things
    Three stories I'd like to tell. A western, an eulogy, and a parable.¬† ¬† 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 […]
  • Bad Parents
    ¬†A collection of news stories on...you guessed it...bad parents. AND my thoughts on some of the topics. This will probably be a recurring theme. Would love to hear your thoughts.¬† 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 […]
  • Japandrew
    Mr. Andrew Paul came back from visiting the land of the rising sun with a series of very good questions. He thought he'd ask me them. And more! ¬† 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 […]
  • BTS_TWT
    As a father to two kids who are under five years of age, I need to try new things. So, in this incarnation of The UnDad Podcast, I review several songs by the South Korean super boy band BTS. With the help from Twitter of course.¬† This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by […]
  • Zoloft
    This is a step in the right direction.¬† 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.¬† 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 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 […]

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: