Holly on Hollywood
by Holly McClure
“The Grinch” follows the classic story of Dr. Seuss’s original book, narrated by Pharrell Williams and starring the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch as the grouchy green creature who lives by himself with his dog Max. Whosville is a colorful and cheery little village known for its love of Christmas, decorations, yummy food and lots of presents. As a result of a childhood trauma, the Grinch hates everything about Christmas. After a tree-lighting ceremony, he’s reminded of his trauma and vows to steal the holiday from Whosville. Meanwhile, Cindy Lou (Cameron Seely), the daughter of overworked single mother Donna Lou Who (Rashida Jones), plots to capture Santa Clause so she can ask him for a very special wish. As Cindy Lou and and the Grinch plot their plans for Christmas – their lives end up changing each others for the better, much like the Dr. Seuss classic.
The PG kid-friendly story is richly animated and beautifully realistic-looking, with a modern family storyline that involves Cindy Lou and her single mother. This Grinch isn’t an evil creature who hates the joy of Christmas, he’s more of a lonely creature who rejects others before he can be rejected by them. I liked the fact that he isn’t evil or scary but in the end, more lovable. Cumberbatch is the new Grinch for a new generation, with humorous gags that adults will enjoy as much as kids, funny sidekicks (his dog Max, reindeer Fred and a goat, are scene-stealers) and entertaining family fun that ends with a heartwarming message about bringing loved ones together (friends or family) to share Christmas with those you love, “who”ever that may be.
~Holly On Hollywood~
Holly_McClureHolly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!
For more information visit Hollymcclure.com or IMDB.com