Dr. Seuss' The Grinch

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch

2018, PG, 90 min. Directed by Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier. Voices by Benedict Cumberbatch, Pharrell Williams, Rashida Jones, Cameron Seely, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury, Scarlett Estevez.

REVIEWED By Kimberley Jones, Fri., Nov. 9, 2018

American literature’s favorite green-furred misanthrope has been revived yet again for the screen. Was anyone clamoring for this? I suppose if this new animated adaptation can knock the Ron Howard/Jim Carrey live-action abomination of 2000 out of holiday-viewing heavy rotation, then it was worth it. Still: In The Grinch power rankings, this one trails Theodor Geisel’s original 1957 storybook and Chuck Jones’ cheeky 1966 TV special by a long mile.

Illumination Entertainment has a solid track record of producing pretty good kiddo entertainments sweetened with witty asides to their parents – the Despicable Me pictures, The Secret Life of Pets – but The Grinch is, emphatically, a children’s movie. And that’s okay. Kids will love the physical comedy and the zoomy direction, slaloming up and down Whoville’s wintry slopes. (I didn’t see the film in IMAX, but I could see the filmmakers’ framing for it in the first-person perspective of vertiginous drops and hairpin turns.) And the film’s super-emotive, four-legged supporting parts – the Grinch’s devoted dog Max; a sweet, lardy reindeer named Fred – are kid-catnip, for sure. They’re a real treat, and far more effective at (nonverbally!) communicating the film’s emotional message than the late run of on-the-nose, over-earnest monologues.

Subtlety is not The Grinch’s forte, nor is brevity, and the filmmakers further sodden the plot’s momentum by pausing to explain the origins behind the Grinch’s pre-existing condition (a heart two sizes too small, side effects include an intense loathing of all things Christmas). This Grinch suffers from something like PTSD following a rotten childhood, which is a lot less fun than him just being a cranky bastard. And while there’s no quibbling with the comedic timing and inflections of Benedict Cumberbatch’s voicework as the Grinch, I wish he hadn’t sanded down his British accent, so deliciously withering, into an American one, flatter and more benign, in step with a larger campaign to soften the Grinch up well before his come-to-Jesus moment when he embraces the Christmas spirit. To be clear, there’s no actual God talk here, only generic complaints about consumerism, and a season’s usual greetings soundtrack that spans Christian classics (“God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”), secular standards (Nat King Cole silkily roasting those chestnuts on an open fire), and Tyler, the Creator’s spin on “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” The new track is fine, if impersonal, overproduced – a good match for a movie that’s been engineered to achieve adequacy, but not much more.

Showtimes

Wed., Nov. 21

9:25am, 12:30, 3:20, 6:00, 9:20

Thu., Nov. 22

9:25am, 12:30, 3:20, 6:00, 9:20

Fri., Nov. 23

9:30am, 12:00, 2:30, 6:25, 9:40

Sat., Nov. 24

9:40am, 12:05, 2:55, 5:25, 6:25, 9:30

Sun., Nov. 25

9:40am, 1:40, 4:00, 6:25, 9:40

Mon., Nov. 26

11:40am, 2:25, 6:25, 9:40

Tue., Nov. 27

2:25, 6:25, 9:30
AFA 11:40am

Wed., Nov. 21

11:20am, 1:50, 3:40, 6:25, 9:00

Thu., Nov. 22

11:20am, 1:50, 3:40, 6:25, 9:00

Fri., Nov. 23

10:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:10, 9:05

Sat., Nov. 24

11:40am, 2:15, 4:55, 6:40, 9:15

Sun., Nov. 25

11:40am, 2:15, 4:55, 6:30, 9:05

Mon., Nov. 26

11:15am, 1:45, 4:10, 6:55, 9:25

Tue., Nov. 27

4:10, 7:15, 9:45
AFA 11:15am, 1:45

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Wed., Nov. 21

10:45am, 1:25, 4:05, 6:45, 9:15

Thu., Nov. 22

1:35, 4:15, 6:55, 9:55
AFA 10:55am

Fri., Nov. 23

10:45am, 1:25, 4:05, 6:45, 9:15

Sat., Nov. 24

1:10, 3:55, 6:45, 9:20
AFA 10:30am

Sun., Nov. 25

1:30, 7:35, 10:10
AFA 10:30am

Tue., Nov. 27

12:05, 2:55, 5:35, 8:10, 10:50

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Wed., Nov. 21

CC/DVS 10:20am, 12:40, 3:00, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10

Thu., Nov. 22

CC/DVS 10:20am, 12:40, 3:00, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10

Fri., Nov. 23

CC/DVS 10:20am, 12:40, 3:00, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10

Sat., Nov. 24

CC/DVS 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50
sensory friendly 11:00am

Sun., Nov. 25

CC/DVS 10:20am, 12:40, 3:00, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10

Mon., Nov. 26

CC/DVS 10:20am, 12:40, 3:00, 5:30, 7:50

Tue., Nov. 27

CC/DVS 10:20am, 12:40, 3:00, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Wed., Nov. 21

3-D 10:35am
digital 11:20am, 12:05, 1:45, 2:35, 4:15, 5:05, 6:45, 7:35, 8:25, 9:15, 10:05

Thu., Nov. 22

3-D 10:35am
digital 11:20am, 12:05, 1:45, 2:35, 4:15, 5:05, 6:45, 7:35, 8:25, 9:15, 10:05

Fri., Nov. 23

digital 11:20am, 12:05, 1:45, 2:35, 4:15, 5:05, 6:45, 7:35, 9:15, 10:05

Sat., Nov. 24

digital 11:20am, 12:05, 1:45, 2:35, 4:15, 5:05, 6:45, 7:35, 9:15, 10:05

Sun., Nov. 25

digital 11:20am, 12:05, 1:45, 2:35, 4:15, 5:05, 6:45, 7:35, 9:15, 10:05

Mon., Nov. 26

digital 12:05, 1:45, 2:35, 4:15, 5:05, 6:45, 7:35, 8:25, 9:15, 10:05

Tue., Nov. 27

digital 12:05, 1:45, 2:35, 4:15, 5:05, 6:45, 7:35, 8:25, 9:15, 10:05

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Wed., Nov. 21

digital 9:00am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

Thu., Nov. 22

digital 9:00am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

Fri., Nov. 23

digital 9:00am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

Sat., Nov. 24

digital 9:00am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

Sun., Nov. 25

digital 9:00am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

Mon., Nov. 26

digital 9:00am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

Tue., Nov. 27

digital 9:00am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

Wed., Nov. 21

3-D 3:15
digital 10:15am, 11:40am, 12:45, 2:10, 4:40, 5:40, 7:05, 8:10, 10:45

Thu., Nov. 22

3-D 3:15
digital 10:15am, 11:40am, 12:45, 2:10, 4:40, 5:40, 7:05, 8:10, 10:45

Fri., Nov. 23

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 1:05, 3:15, 5:40, 6:55, 8:10, 10:45

Sat., Nov. 24

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:15, 5:40, 6:55, 8:10, 10:45

Sun., Nov. 25

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 1:05, 3:15, 5:40, 6:55, 8:10, 10:45

Mon., Nov. 26

digital 10:45am, 11:45am, 1:15, 2:15, 3:45, 4:45, 6:10, 7:20, 8:50

Tue., Nov. 27

digital 10:45am, 11:45am, 1:15, 2:15, 3:45, 4:45, 6:10, 7:20, 8:50

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Fri., Nov. 23

digital 9:25am, 10:55am, 12:00, 1:25, 2:45, 4:05, 5:25, 6:45

Sat., Nov. 24

digital 9:25am, 10:55am, 12:00, 1:25, 2:45, 4:05, 5:25, 6:45

Sun., Nov. 25

digital 9:25am, 10:55am, 12:00, 1:25, 2:45, 4:05, 5:25, 6:45

Mon., Nov. 26

digital 12:00, 1:25, 2:45, 4:05, 5:25, 6:45

Tue., Nov. 27

digital 12:00, 1:25, 2:45, 4:05, 5:25, 6:45

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Nov. 21

3-D 12:15, 4:45
digital 10:00am, 10:45am, 2:30, 7:00, 9:15

Thu., Nov. 22

3-D 12:15, 4:45
digital 10:00am, 10:45am, 2:30, 7:00, 9:15

Fri., Nov. 23

digital 10:05am, 10:45am, 12:20, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20

Sat., Nov. 24

digital 10:05am, 12:20, 1:15, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20

Sun., Nov. 25

digital 10:05am, 10:45am, 12:20, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20

Mon., Nov. 26

digital 10:05am, 10:45am, 12:20, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20

Tue., Nov. 27

digital 10:05am, 10:45am, 12:20, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Fri., Nov. 23

digital 10:45am, 1:50, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10

Sat., Nov. 24

digital 10:45am, 1:50, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10

Sun., Nov. 25

digital 10:45am, 1:50, 4:50, 7:30

Mon., Nov. 26

digital 12:45, 4:50, 7:30

Tue., Nov. 27

digital 12:45, 4:50, 7:30

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Wed., Nov. 21

10:30am, 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 7:45, 9:55

Thu., Nov. 22

1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 7:45, 9:55

Fri., Nov. 23

10:30am, 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 7:45, 9:55

Sat., Nov. 24

10:30am, 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 7:45, 9:55

Sun., Nov. 25

1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 7:45, 9:55

Mon., Nov. 26

1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 7:45, 9:55

Tue., Nov. 27

1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 7:45, 9:55

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Wed., Nov. 21

11:30am, 1:50, 3:05, 4:05, 5:20, 6:25, 7:35, 8:45

Thu., Nov. 22

10:55am, 11:30am, 1:50, 3:05, 4:05, 5:20, 6:25, 7:35, 8:45

Fri., Nov. 23

10:55am, 11:30am, 1:50, 3:05, 4:05, 5:20, 6:25, 7:35, 8:45

Sat., Nov. 24

10:55am, 11:30am, 1:50, 3:05, 4:05, 5:20, 6:25, 7:35, 8:45

Sun., Nov. 25

11:30am, 1:50, 3:05, 4:05, 5:20, 6:25, 7:35, 8:45

Mon., Nov. 26

10:55am, 11:30am, 1:50, 3:05, 4:05, 5:20, 6:25, 7:35, 8:45

Tue., Nov. 27

10:55am, 11:30am, 1:50, 3:05, 4:05, 5:20, 6:25, 7:35, 8:45

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Wed., Nov. 21

CC 11:00am, 12:30, 4:30, 5:30, 8:15

Thu., Nov. 22

CC 11:00am, 12:30, 4:30, 5:30, 8:15

Fri., Nov. 23

CC 11:00am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:45, 10:00

Sat., Nov. 24

CC 11:00am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:45, 10:00

Sun., Nov. 25

CC 11:00am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:45, 10:00

Mon., Nov. 26

CC 11:00am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:30, 10:00

Tue., Nov. 27

CC 10:20am, 3:30, 5:20, 10:00

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Wed., Nov. 21

10:20am, 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:35, 10:20

Thu., Nov. 22

10:20am, 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:35, 10:20

Fri., Nov. 23

10:20am, 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:35, 10:20

Sat., Nov. 24

10:20am, 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:35, 10:20

Sun., Nov. 25

10:20am, 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:35, 10:20

Mon., Nov. 26

12:05, 2:30, 5:00, 7:35, 10:20

Tue., Nov. 27

12:05, 2:30, 5:00, 7:35, 10:20

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Nov. 21

3-D, CC/DVS 11:20am, 1:35, 4:10
CC/DVS 12:05, 2:20, 5:05, 7:45, 10:05

Thu., Nov. 22

3-D, CC/DVS 11:20am, 1:35, 4:10
CC/DVS 12:05, 2:20, 5:05, 7:45, 10:05

Fri., Nov. 23

3-D, CC/DVS 11:20am, 1:35, 4:10
CC/DVS 12:05, 2:20, 5:05, 7:45, 10:05

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Wed., Nov. 21

12:00, 2:30, 4:50, 7:00, 9:15

Thu., Nov. 22

2:30, 4:50, 7:00, 9:15

Fri., Nov. 23

12:00, 2:30, 4:50, 7:00, 9:15

Sat., Nov. 24

12:00, 2:30, 4:50, 7:00, 9:15

Sun., Nov. 25

12:00, 2:30, 4:50, 7:00

Mon., Nov. 26

12:00, 2:30, 4:50, 7:00

Tue., Nov. 27

12:00, 2:30, 4:50, 7:00

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Nov. 21

3-D, CC/DVS 12:20, 2:50, 5:15
CC/DVS 11:15am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:20

Thu., Nov. 22

3-D, CC/DVS 12:20, 2:50, 5:15
CC/DVS 11:15am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:20

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Wed., Nov. 21

10:00am, 1:40, 5:35, 8:15, 11:00

Thu., Nov. 22

10:00am, 1:40, 5:35, 8:15, 11:00

Fri., Nov. 23

10:35am, 1:15, 4:25, 8:05, 10:40

Sat., Nov. 24

10:35am, 1:15, 4:25, 5:30, 8:05, 10:40

Sun., Nov. 25

10:35am, 1:15, 4:25, 8:05, 10:40

Mon., Nov. 26

10:35am, 1:15, 4:25, 8:05, 10:40

Tue., Nov. 27

10:30am, 4:25, 8:05, 10:40

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Wed., Nov. 21

10:55am, 1:35, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15

Thu., Nov. 22

10:55am, 1:35, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15

Fri., Nov. 23

10:45am, 1:35, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00

Sat., Nov. 24

10:45am, 1:35, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00

Sun., Nov. 25

10:45am, 1:35, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00

Mon., Nov. 26

10:45am, 1:35, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00

Tue., Nov. 27

10:45am, 1:35, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Fri., Nov. 23

10:10am, 10:45am, 1:10, 1:50, 4:05, 4:45, 7:20, 9:45

Sat., Nov. 24

10:10am, 10:45am, 1:10, 1:50, 4:05, 4:45, 7:20, 9:45

Sun., Nov. 25

10:10am, 10:45am, 1:10, 1:50, 4:05, 4:45, 7:20, 9:45

Mon., Nov. 26

10:10am, 10:45am, 1:10, 1:50, 4:05, 4:45, 7:20, 9:45

Tue., Nov. 27

10:10am, 10:45am, 1:10, 1:50, 4:05, 4:45, 7:20, 9:45

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Wed., Nov. 21

10:50am, 1:00, 3:10, 7:10, 9:30
3-D 5:10

Thu., Nov. 22

10:50am, 1:00, 3:10, 7:10, 9:30
3-D 5:10

Wed., Nov. 21

11:30am, 2:05, 4:20, 6:45, 11:00

Thu., Nov. 22

11:30am, 2:05, 4:20, 6:45, 11:00

Fri., Nov. 23

11:30am, 2:05, 4:20, 6:45, 11:00

Sat., Nov. 24

11:30am, 2:05, 4:20, 6:45, 11:00

Sun., Nov. 25

11:30am, 2:05, 4:20, 6:45, 11:00

Mon., Nov. 26

4:20, 6:45, 11:00

Tue., Nov. 27

4:20, 6:45, 11:00

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Fri., Nov. 23

11:20am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:30, 9:00

Sat., Nov. 24

11:20am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:30, 9:00

Sun., Nov. 25

11:20am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:30, 9:00

Mon., Nov. 26

11:45am, 2:05, 4:25, 6:45, 9:05

Tue., Nov. 27

11:45am, 2:05, 4:25, 6:45, 9:05

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Nov. 21

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:40, 2:50, 6:15, 8:25, 10:35

Thu., Nov. 22

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:05, 2:30, 6:15, 8:25, 10:35

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