Verdict: The classic holiday hater is as notoriously whimsical as ever.

He’s a mean one and he’s back with a plan to ruin Christmas! After the 1966 TV short and the 2001 live-action feature starring Jim Carrey, The Grinch has returned to theatres in the classic Dr. Seuss style. This time around, Benedict Cumberbatch steps in to voice the titular role in Illumination and Universal Pictures’ fully animated feature film.

What’s The Grinch About:

It’s Christmas time in Whoville – the home of the Whos. Happiness, joy, and tons of festive cheer is in the air as all the Whos gather together with bells and whistles for their favorite day of the year. But there’s one man who isn’t enjoying the holiday spirit. Living with his dog Max in a cave at the north of Whoville, the Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) is the grumpiest and meanest one in town. The only man who hates Christmas decides that he’s had enough of the joy and festivities. He soon comes up with an incredibly intelligent and awful idea. On the other hand, there’s a unique little Who girl named Cindy Lou (Cameron Seely) who has a special idea of her own. Christmas night finally arrives when the mean one and the little one set out with their plans until their paths clash.

What Works:

With its nostalgic charm and indulgent fun, directors Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier bring back the Dr. Seuss classic in all its mischievous glory. Unlike Ron Howard’s 2001 live action film, they do not bring their own aesthetic to the holiday tale. Instead, running at a mere hour and a half, this animated remake takes the exact Seussian story and adds all the bells and whistles to make it a fun feature-length film.

The Grinch is as refreshing as ever with his humbug attitude that’s unlike any other holiday character. As he broods and explicitly expresses his hatred for the joyous Christmas season, he remains relatable in Cumberbatch’s interpretation of the character. He’s not a monster, nor is he evil. He’s just lonely at the time of the year when everybody comes together. Once he meets the charming little Cindy Lou, your heart will swell just like his did. “In Whoville they say…the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!”

What Could’ve Been Better:

Some might find that The Grinch runs a little too short even though it’s got everything that’s needed to push your nostalgia button and unleash the holiday spirit.

Why You Should Watch:

Mischievous mayhem and a rekindled love for the joy of Christmas season – take in all the grinchiness of this beloved holiday classic. The Grinch is a must-watch with your kids and family as you get ready for the merriest festival of the year.