The Grinch Reviews
The goals of these new "Grinch" stories is to take the original Dr. Suess story and add a backstory to the tale. The live action version starring Jim Carrey applied a backstory that kept the Grinch as iconic as he was in the TV special by Chuck Jones in 1966. But in order to maintain the Grinch's iconic character, they introduced flaws into the Who's of Whoville and altered the story.
In this new version, the writers retained the details of the original and tried to apply a backstory that flows into it, without adding flaws to the Who's. The result doesn't give us a Grinch that is full of hate but instead full of regret. As such, we have a weaker Grinch.
I don't fault the writers for this if they were tasked to retain the original story as pristine as possible. The movie was well executed, but the writers had their hands tied.
How many times can you retell the same story? And that Jim Carrey mess was a nightmare. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this. Th animation was pretty darn cute and the story, while similar to what we all know and love, was fleshed out enough that it was actually kind of sweet. The new grinch being more of a misunderstood curmudgeon than outright meanie.
The little ones will probably love it, and parents won't hate it. So that's about middle of the road ok.