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You're a Mediocre One, Mr. Grinch. Those expecting Cumberbatch to add a little Dr. Strange to his take on Dr. Seuss will be sorely disappointed as this animated take on the Grinch buries its kid audience under a blanket of bland..
Ultimately, though, this is a tender film that tries, in the most earnest way, to articulate the central Seussian idea that Christmas comes without ribbons, it comes without tags, it comes without packages, boxes or bags.
This film is the equivalent of your third or fourth favorite present on any given holiday. It will entertain a few children in the moment, satisfy a few adults who are barely paying attention, then quickly be forgotten.
While ostensibly explaining how the Grinch got so Grinch-like, it also inclines the viewer to raise other questions. How did he score that mountaintop mansion? What's with the elaborately twisted pipe organ?
Cumberbatch, in his droll and tasteful way, respects the grinchiness of the Grinch: that he's a force of mischievous mayhem who represents something in all of us - the potential to be bad when unhappiness takes over.