Top critical review
on January 28, 2003
I have long since enjoyed this little tale about a hermit living high up on mountaintop overlooking Whoville in dusgust. I recently accompanied a young cousin, & had the opportunity to view this latest presentation, & though it is rather slow in the beginning, it really picks up after Little Sarah Loohoo invites The Grinch to receive an award down in town. A request made by the Mayor triggers a memory sequence in which the Grinch experiencd some rather traumatic events in his childhood, & all Hell breaks loose after that. He serves in his capacity as villain, as revealing the programmed habits of the townspeople who celebrate xmas, motivated by nothing more than greed. The Grinch asks the question, "is that all xmas means to you?" This sheds a luciferic light on them all, revealing them for the money & gift-hungry drones that the are. In a particularly memorable scene, The Grinch acts as accuser, then proceeds to lay waste their town.
I can already hear someone saying to Me, "you think too much". To which I would answer, "no, you think too little". There are subtleties that can be picked up if one only wishes to see them. The "Evil" character in most any presentation, serves in his or her capacity as a catylist. Indeed, in most cases, "evil" serves as a catylist for change. In this respect, it serves as a positive & cleansing element that instructs in harsh lessons for the commoner.
However, since I Am acquainted with the original story, the outcome was predictable, although the pervasive question remained: "What does xmas have to with having a 'big heart'? Or the ability to show compassion towards those who deserve it?" Personally, I do not celebrate this xian holiday, but may participate in certain activities for the gift factor. The Winter Solstice is My Yuletide. It is all relative.
So, when The Grinch removes all of their precious little holy-day decorations, the whos begin to realize their erronious materialistic activities, & realize the root of their holiday. They consequently gather together in a large cluster, & celebrate the "true spirit" of xmas. "Evil" has once again purified the lies & deceptions.
Even through this quaint Seuss tale, the neccessity of catastrophe proves itself evident, as pain is indeed a harsh, though sometimes neccessary element. In its own way, this film speaks to the efficacy of The 9th Satanic Statement.
There is one female member amongst the whos who is just entranced by The Grinch, as she practically has orgasms as he displays his misanthropy. The "bad guy" lure. There's always at least one.
It would have been nice to preclude or follow this film with the original animation. Carey makes for quite an appropriate Grinch character, & the costuming was very sufficient. Hail The Grinch!