This generation’s The Grinch comes from the makers of Despicable Me and Minions, and, like the 2000 live-action version directed by Ron Howard and starring Jim Carrey, is based on Dr Seuss’s 1957 classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
It’s a sharp, witty and ultimately heartwarming tale of the Grinch, a grumpy green creature who lives on the outskirts of Whoville with his faithful hound Max. There isn’t a kind bone in his body, and he hates the townspeople with a vengeance, especially at Christmas, when they go all-out with decorations, presents and celebrations. When the mayor of the town announces that this year, Christmas is going to be three times bigger, the Grinch decides he can’t be having that - and hatches a plan to steal Christmas.
Cumberbatch has been bouncing around genres and media lately, starring on the small screen in Patrick Melrose and The Child in Time, and in blockbusters like Avengers: Infinity War. He’s also got plenty of voice-acting experience under his belt, lending his distinctive smooth timbre to the villains of Penguins of Madagascar and The Hobbit trilogy. The Grinch is what we might call an antihero – kids love to hate him, adults see something poignant in how he eventually learns to look on the bright side of life (spoilers: he doesn’t stay mean). Take a look at the trailer below to hear Cumberbatch's take on the iconic character.
The film comes out in the UK on 9 November, just in time to get into the holiday spirit – although, as the trailer reminds us, it’s never too early to be annoyed by Christmas. Whether you’re a Christmas-a-holic or a bit of a Grinch yourself, there’ll be something to entertain everyone in this family caper.
|What||The Grinch returns with Benedict Cumberbatch – here's what you need to know|
09 Nov 18 – 09 Nov 19, Times vary
|Price||£ determined by cinemas|
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