Monday, December 13, 2010

How the Grinch stole Christmas! (2000)

Starring Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambour, Clint Howard, and Christine Baranski

Narrated by Anthony Hopkins

Directed by Ron Howard

Release Date: November 17, 2000

The original 1965 TV animated feature has become a holiday classic, imitated and featured in countless forms of media. Therefore, it should be no surprise that someone would eventually remake these beloved Dr. Seuss stories in live-action in hit or miss faction. Journey back to the year 2000, where director Ron Howard and comedic actor Jim Carrey team up to bring that feature into live action with such actors as Molly Shannon, Taylor Momsen, and Christine Baranski.

For many, the live action remake is inferior to the TV animated adaption, being too long and "unfaithful" to the source material. Well, let the naysayers nay: I still enjoy this film for all its' craziness and over-the-top set design. The design of Whoville and its' inhabitants may be too bizaree for some, but I found the design of the Whovian (not Doctor Who) to be whimsical and fit the tone of a christmas season to a tee; the design of the townsfolk, while different than the TV version, kept the townsfolk somewhat human-like, while still making some deviation toward a strange non-human species that Seuss would most likely approve of. Finally, there's the main character of the story, the titular Grinch, the What who despises the Christmas season. Sure, Jim Carrey is exaggeratedly different than the more subdued version Boris Karloff gave on TV, but I sure found the fun and joy that Carrey had performing as the character.

How The Grinch stole Christmas!: some may have found the added backstory to the Grinch unnecessary, but I liked developing the character as more than just a heartless grump without any developed motivation to hating the holiday season. For me, I liked Howard's wacky and warped take on the Seuss classic.

Rating; * * * * of 5

Click here to buy
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Widescreen Edition)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas [Blu-ray]

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