Chicken and Nugget had the day off from school today as teachers prepare report cards. Yay! We took advantage of the cold and lazy morning to go check out the new Grinch movie.
I have to confess something. Something that may negatively impact our relationship. But I feel it’s important to be honest. I don’t like Dr. Seuss. At all. I find reading the books to be rather painful. There. I said it. Such a weight has been lifted. If I have to suffer through Dr. Seuss, I would choose How the Grinch Stole Christmas or The Lorax. Begrudgingly. So I went to this movie because Chicken really wanted to see it and I love her most of the time. (I do feel obligated to note that I am a huge fan of Seussical the Musical, which took me way longer than it should have to go see due to said aversion to all things Seuss).
And I’m actually glad I did. It’s a very cute, fun movie. I haven’t made it through the other versions of the Grinch movies because I didn’t enjoy them and found myself distracted by things that needed done around the house. Does that ever happen to you other moms and dads? I’m sure it doesn’t. But this one is well made, the characters are likeable, and it’s silly and funny without being obnoxious. The Who children in the movie are relatable as modern day children, and the mom faces struggles familiar to many of us. I particularly loved the kid who said “I can’t stay long. My mom set a timer. It’s new.” The Grinch is as grinchy as they come, but somehow consistently shows a bit more heart throughout the movie than I have seen in his predecessors.
We saw the standard version of the movie because I couldn’t come up with any reason that it would need to be seen in 3-D. I was probably wrong. There were parts that were clearly done with the intent of being viewed in 3-D and I’m guessing it would be pretty fun. So if you are into that kind of thing, it may be worth a shot.
So, to sum it up- I don’t like Dr. Seuss (I hope we can still be friends). And yet I enjoyed this movie, as did Chicken and Nugget. Chicken asked if we can get the DVD as we walked out of the theater, and she is surprisingly selective about which movies she wants to see again. Except Mamma Mia movies. She would watch those things every day.
Update: 11/28/18. Nugget is now the proud owner of a stuffed Grinch toy that he carries around all the time and sleeps with each night. He is also itching for Saturday to arrive so can open his Grinch calendar. And when I called him out on some mild rudeness, he said it was because his heart was three sizes to small. So he is definitely a fan!