Pros: great sets; wonderful costumes; good script; Jim Carrey is AWESOME
Cons: The mayor (Jeffrey Tambor) annoyed me; lots of little kids in the theater
So, I've been on a bit of a movie kick lately. I can't seem to get enough of the stars and stories plastered on the screen, enveloped in the wonderful aromas of buttery popcorn and nachos while my feet stick to the ground. I love the cinema.
The latest film (not including the 2 more times I've seen Charlie's Angels) I have had the opportunity to enjoy in the theater is Dr. Suess' How The Grinch Stole Christmas. I remember, as a child, watching the cartoon of The Grinch on television around the holidays. It's about time someone turned it into a full-scale film.
Ron Howard directs a Holiday masterpiece in this new film. Starring Jim Carry as the Grinch himself, this is a film that will please audiences of all ages. This movie takes the plot of the original cartoon story in the same direction, but adds new dimensions.
As the Grinch, Carrey adds an element of sympathy to his character. There's a back story of why the Grinch is so bitter and hateful towards the Whos in Whoville. Cindy Lou Who, played by Taylor Momsen, is the little girl who tries to include the Grinch in the Whobelation Celebration. The rest of the Whos are less than pleased than this, but go along with the idea anyway. Finally, the Whos find out the true meaning of Christmas and the Grinch fits in.
It's a great movie that teaches a wonderful lesson: You can't buy Christmas in a store. Faith Hill's song, "Where Are You Christmas?", is terrific and Momsen sounds great singing it.
The Cirque de Soleil acrobats add a nice touch to the cast. The costumes are fantastic, and the sets are awesome. Definitely see this movie.
The original Dr. Seuss Story on How The Grinch Stole Christmas was a mere half hour cartoon. The original cartoon version kept it simple without any extended sidebars and remains more successful. Ron Howard tries to exaggerate this story and more or less fails quite miserably. Jim Carrey tries his best but even he comes up short with his over-exaggerated antics. The other actors and actresses in Whoville just sit there and take up space. They just all look like a bunch of … more
Pros: Jim Carey is nothing short of brilliant; ideal for children. Cons: Considerable poetic license taken with the movie Twas the eve before Christmas and all through the land, the cash registers were clinging and money, sweet money, was exchanging hands. The people came rushing to spend their hard earned cash, to empty the store shelves of everything including Who-hash. The season came early before All Hallows Eve; come spend your money, your savings, … more
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Director Ron Howard casts comedian Jim Carrey in the title role in this live-action adaptation of the famous Christmas tale by Dr. Seuss, giving this rendition of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS a delightfully manic spin. Carrey is virtually unrecognizable in his elaborate green makeup, but his anarchic comic touch is unmistakable. He manages to fully embody the grumpy title character, while still supplying his own comedic touches, and it is his performance that makes the film a treat for adults and children alike. The candy-colored set design for the town of Whoville and the jubilant score contribute to the overall feeling of innocuous fantasy that the Grinch disrupts with his dastardly deeds. The familiar story of the Grinch stealing every present in town on Christmas Eve has been expanded to incorporate flashbacks to the Grinch's childhood, which serve to explain his hostility toward the Whos. As Cindy Lou-Who, a little girl so sweet she sees goodness even in the Grinch, young Taylor Momsen strikes jus...