Wait, so Benedict Cumberbatch is now Benedict CumberGrinch? Lol, okay.
So some obviously outlandish news came out today. The highly appreciated English actor, who is most known in roles including Sherlock Holmes, Kahn, Smaug, Alan Turing, and the upcoming Doctor Strange, has recently accepted another equally strange role. He’s going to voice Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch in an upcoming animated feature developed by Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind the likes of Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets.
So. Yeah. Pretty outlandish, right?
I’ve got a few questions before I go to Cumberbatch. First of all, why are we remaking the Grinch AGAIN? We’ve had two theatrical renditions of this character now. The first was in the 1966 animated TV movie where he was voiced by Boris Karloff, a definitive performance and serial which is arguably the best representation of the character to date. The second was in the 2000 Ron Howard-directed live-action film starring Jim Carrey. Both were very entertaining adaptations that breathed life into this flawed and twisted bohemian that was brilliantly characterized by Dr. Seuss. We’ve already have two Grinches to appreciate and love. Why do we need a third?
Second, if we have to have a remake to How The Grinch Stole Christmas… why now? And for what purpose? Everyone knows the story by now, whether you’ve read the book or seen the movies. You know what happens. You know the wonderfully creative story Seuss gave us years ago, and it’s parable was something significant we can carry in our hearts. What can you add to the character now that we don’t already know and love? And moreover, how can you expand on the character any further than he already was in the 2000 live-action film? All of this just screams to me as desperate and unnecessary, and I see absolutely no reason why it needs to be remade and why it needs to be released in a date as random as November 2017.
On that note, I support Cumberbatch as an actor and think he will service the role well. He has demonstrated strong versatility in the projects I have mentioned, and voicing the Grinch is a challenge Cumberbatch can easily match. I like him as an actor and I think he would even be a good live-action Grinch if he wanted to be. Again, I just don’t know why this is happening or what the studio plans to add to an already simple and straightforward story.
What does you guys think? Are you excited that CumberGrinch is happening, or do you wish he would stay up in Mount Crumpit? Comment below, let me know.
– David Dunn
SOURCE: The Verge, ComingSoon.net