on February 27, 2012
The Grinch's answering machine message: "If you utter so much as one syllable I'LL HUNT YOU DOWN AND GUT YOU LIKE A FISH!... If you'd like to fax me, hit the star key."
Just one of the many hilarious lines from this movie. The direction, artistry, costumes, make-up, acting, and comedy are all top-notch. I'd have to say this is the best cinematic interpretation of a Seuss story available. There are burping jokes for the kids (and us immature adults) and risqué jokes for the adults (they'll fly over any kid's head).
Definitely recommended for all ages! Don't miss out!
on May 5, 2004
That was Jim Carrey in that costume? I don't think anyone could have pulled it off better, but for me, Taylor Momsen, who played Cindy Loo Who, was the most enjoyable to watch. What a gifted little actress. Christine Baranski and Molly Shannon, both musically-inclined favorites of mine, also danced across the screen.
So this isn't exactly the same storyline as the one penned by the good doctor himself. But it is very close, with some details added in to give adults a few more chuckles.
And if you like it for nothing else, you will love the fantasy world created by some outstanding set and costume design; terrific old and new music; and vivid special effects.
Worth a viewing or two for all of you Who's.
on December 23, 2014
I would've given it 5 stars - read all the wonderful comments - my kids and I have enjoyed this since they were toddlers....My only issue is that ABC airs a TV version every year that has additional scenes that are not on the DVD - they're not in deleted scenes or outtakes....they just aren't available at all. So the only way to watch the full movie edition with those scenes as well is to watch it on TV. I don't know if those scenes were included in the theatre version - seems like they obviously should've been included with a DVD purchase. Go figure. Otherwise, great movie.
They like it a lot
And this film
Is about the Grinch
Who did not
The film gives the background, and fills in some blanks
The Grinch as a child was subjected to pranks
He fancied a Who, with the name Martha May
He tried to impress her and to his dismay
They laughed at his efforts, his gift and his face
So he destroyed the classroom and fled from that place
He moved to Mount Crumpet
And made him a home
While the green hairy creature seethed under the dome
Until one cold day at the town Christmas party
When young Cindy Lou showed him how to be hearty
Then Mayor May-Who went and spoiled all the fun
By taunting the Grinch 'til he came all undone
He went up his mountain, and he started scheming
And when he was through he was smiling and beaming
He'd ruin their Christmas; he knew what to do
Revenge is the sweetest when it's overdue
If you've read the story you know how it ends
How the Grinch stole that Christmas from his former friends
So what happened next?
I won't give it away
This Christmas this movie will show every day
So if you're a Grinch you can run, but not hide
As you try to stifle the feeling inside
Just gather the kids for a clean yuletide treat
Merry Christmas to all!
(Now this poem's complete)
on February 23, 2002
This Christmas movie opened to great success and reviews. Based on the famous Dr. Seuss book 'The Grinch Who Stole Christmas' (which has almost become synonimous to the occasion itself) it has The Grinch (Carrey) as a green monster glaring down at the people of Whosville, despising Christmas above all else. Whosville is a place where its people celebrate Christmas amid a blizzard of consumerism where presents are what the holidays are all about. The set design is absolutely glorious, managing to capture the magic of the book and particularly excelling in its exagerrated design of a land gaudily decorated in bright lights and over-the-top Christmas trees. However, hope lies in Cindy-Lou Who who still belives in the spirit of Christmas.
This movie has plenty of strong points, although Carrey's performance would have to be one of them. Once again as he did in 'The Truman Show', he demonstrates that he can often trascend a role's apparent limitations. He is quite simply wonderful as the bitter Grinch, hidden under some fantastic make-up effects, with witty comments often overriding the syrupy ending to make this enjoyable for kids and adults alike. It is this genuinely witty humour that really makes it stand out from the rest of the holiday movies.
Incidently, the song 'Where Are You Christmas' is sung by Faith Hill.
on December 11, 2001
I generally like Ron Howard as a director, but boy did he strike out with this stinker. "The Grinch" is just awful! Jim Carrey's muggings garner a few half-hearted chuckles, but the movie is so pointless, plotless, and heartless that all of Mr. Carrey's considerable talents as a comic actor cannot save it. Of course, the butchery of Dr. Seuss' wonderful tale and the Chuck Jones animated feature is quite disturbing to witness.
Its creators threw everything but the kitchen sink into this movie, but left out THE crucial part of Dr. Seuss' story- its Christianity. When all the Whos gather in Whoville to sing "Welcome Christmas" a star rises above them- a clear reference that Christ's birth is the point of Christmas. However, Opie Cunngingham and his gang made sure that "The Grinch" contained no politically incorrect references to Christianity or religion, and thus stripped the story of its spiritual element. So the viewer gets a crassly commerical and spiritually empty movie, which is ironically just the sort of thing Dr. Seuss was trying to show what is wrong with Christmas.
on November 25, 2001
Why is it that Hollywood moviemakers seem incapable of understanding the simple fact that works that start off as drawing art (be they in the form of stills or animated cartoons) have a tough time translating to the live action format? It didn't work with "The Flintstones," for instance, and it works even less well with "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Ron Howard's labored and lumbering attempt to bring the whimsical Dr. Seuss classic to the big screen. Unlike the beloved half hour animated version made for television in the 1960's, this non-animated edition ends up burying the wise and witty tale under gobs of overproduction. Despite the best efforts of the costume designers, set decorators and makeup artists in bringing the Grinch, the Whos and their village of Whoville to life on the screen, the sad fact is that what appears charming on the two-dimensional printed page can often become grotesque when transferred to the more three-dimensional world of live action filmmaking.
Even more detrimental than the film's garish visual style is the fact that the beautiful simplicity of the streamlined tale has been padded out and stretched to the breaking point to fulfill the demands of a 105-minute running time. Although the film adheres fairly closely to the original plotting in its final third (even using a portentous recitation by Anthony Hopkins of Dr. Seuss' original rhyming text), the first hour or so is overloaded with dreary subplots involving the various Who characters, a silly flashback showing how the Grinch came to hate Christmas, and enough Jim Carrey shtick to make us wish he had never left "In Living Color" to embark on a movie career. Much as I have loved Carrey in some of his earlier filmic efforts, I must say that his act is fast losing much of its original freshness and charm. Not that he can be forced to shoulder all the responsibility for the film's failure, since the writers, Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman, have neglected to provide a single line of witty or creative dialogue to go along with the stunning makeup, art direction and special effects. It's a particular embarrassment when the screenplay shifts between the soaring ingenuity of the Seuss poetry and the flatfooted triteness of the Price/Seaman prose. The grinding of the gears becomes almost audible.
One wonders why an industry, which used to do so well by Christmas in the past ("It's a Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street," the various versions of "A Christmas Carol"), seems to have had so much trouble lately putting together a decent picture with a yuletide theme. In fact, in the past 20 or so years, Hollywood has managed to produce only one film with a Christmas theme that can truly be called a certified classic. I am speaking, of course, of the wonderful 1983 film, "A Christmas Story," the only work that has been able to successfully combine the gentle cynicism of the modern world with the sweet sentimentality one traditionally associates with the holiday. Perhaps that perennial delight will forever stand as the one exception to the cold crassness of overproduced and over-budgeted dreck like "Jingle All the Way," "Santa Claus - the Movie" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," which, by their very nature, drain Christmas of its childlike magic and charm. Now more than ever, "A Christmas Story" is the yuletide tonic we yearn for and need.
on February 25, 2004
Welcome to the year 2000. Alot of things have changed since 1966.
Just as you wouldn't compare an encyclopedia to the internet, there's no sense comparing the Grinch cartoon to Grinch the movie.
Fortunately the original feature is still with us and still enjoyed by children every holiday season. Now, however, they have a version for their generation as well.
Kids today live in the world of high tech flash and kid TV stations that blare dumb jokes and comercials 24 hours a day.
They play extreme sports, have their own fashions and vacation in Disneyworld. Movies need to be in touch with their audience and this one is.
Some people complain that it's "too loud" and garish - they cringe at the nasty jokes ( which are funny enough to be forgiven and - compared to the really vapid trash in so many movies today - are nothing ) and bemoan the dark edge of some of the scenes. Alas, not everything can be all things to all people - - -unless they are kids.
Ask an eight year old to give you his oppinion and he'll probably tell you that it was funny and cool and sometimes scary.
It doesn't get much better than that.
The Grinch also gives us something else - a benchmark performance. I always suspected Jim Carey had uncommon talent but his scripts up till this one were dreadful. His portrayal of the Grinch belongs in the company of Karloff's Frankenstein, Lugosi's Dracula, Betty Davis in All About Eve as a quintessential pairing of actor and role.
Ron Howard's direction must have been good because I didn't notice it. I got the feeling you were watching people having fun while working. It flows well and the characters instead of the camera propell the film. A nice touch, perhaps the directors, is the last long pull out from the banquet hall in Whoville to an arial view to a cosmic view that reveals itself to be in actuality an extreme close up of a single slowflake drifting with it's million brothers on route to a fleeting existance before melting. I think that puts the themes of greed, revenge, rage and our time together nicely in perspective.
The Flintstones are a beloved classic too but the movie version had no merit. Are you really going to be upset that now there are two succesful versions of Dr. Seuss' wonderful book?
on November 24, 2001
What better praise can I give a movie than to tell you that my ten year old son says he will memorize the lines in this movie because he likes it so much. It arrived today and he is already watching it for the second time. It is pure enjoyment.
This Ron Howard directed film starring Jim Carey and narrated by Anthony Hopkins is destined to be a holiday classic; we waited in line at the theatre last December to see it, and afterwards we agreed that as soon as the DVD came out we would purchase it. It doesn't matter whether you like Jim Carey films or not; this adaptation of the Dr. Suess classic cloaks Carey's neurotic comedy under a mound of green fur and yellow eyes, puts him inside a cave and wraps him in the Christmas spirit of Whoville. If Carey is remembered for anything by filmgoers, his portrayal of the Grinch may just be the one. If the adults listen closely, there are even enough lines in the film that will make you laugh out loud.
Well, my son's still laughing. So if you want to make that favorite child happy this holiday season, buy this DVD now.
on January 3, 2004
When Ron Howard was directing this film, I bet he had no idea that it would become a masterpiece worthy of Dr. Seuss' timeless classic. Everything in this movie is impeccable, the acting, the plot, the sets. Definetely not something you would want to pass up.
Whoville is probably the best place to be around for Christmas. Christmas Avarice that is. All anyone thinks about around the cheerful holiday time is getting presents. The Grinch is angry about this, and a couple other things. He is always left out of Whoville, and is in a little bit of denial. To ease his pain, he play's mindless tricks on the unsuspecting residence of Whoville. Little Cindy Lou is having some doubts about Christmas too. As Christmas inches closer, maybe she can save Christmas, and have the Grinch be a part of it also.
Jim Carry is a genius. No one else could've been a better Grinch at all. The girl who played Cindy Lou was just wonderful. She made you sympathize and understand what Whoville (and the world) is coming too. If only this could've happened in our world instead of Whoville. An instant family classic for the whole familia to watch and just plain laugh.