Illumination dropped the much anticipated first trailer for their new Dr. Seuss adaptation, The Grinch, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the famous green grouch after a lengthy marketing push at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
In true first trailer form, we learn little about the plot of the film (besides what we already know will inevitably occur), but do get an idea of how Illumination plans to approach this story, which we know will be more character centric than the previous adaptations. Indeed, this trailer seems to confirm that this film will focus more on how The Grinch became the holiday hater he’s known to be. It will be more about his emotional journey as an individual character than an allegory for the dangers of holiday commercialism.
It appears that The Grinch doesn’t just hate the holidays, but joy in general as he’s visibly annoyed by Pharrell’s “Happy,” which is hilarious considering the song was shoved down the public’s throat by Illumination themselves when they used it to market Despicable Me 2. Very funny, Illumination.
And based on the fact that no other cast members beside Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role have been announced, it seems that this will be very focused on the character. The first promotional image for The Grinch featured the character as a child, perhaps suggesting that a miserable life culminates in the ultimate decision to steal Christmas.
Many people are not pleased with the decision to make another Grinch movie, especially as the millennial love for the 2000 Ron Howard version is a force to reckoned with, but it’s clear that this film will have a very different feel. And honestly quite a different story. I say we give it a shot, for the sake of not being completely cynical about new adaptations.
The Grinch hits theaters November 9th, 2018.
Tell Us: Will you go see this new Grinch, or are you sticking with Jim Carrey’s version?