How the Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Review

Movie Review by Anthony Leong © Copyright 2000


Jim Carrey

With Thanksgiving upon us, and Christmas drawing near,

Hollywood always delivers some holiday cheer.

This year, like any other, is certainly no exception,

With the arrival of a classic Dr. Seuss-inspired confection.

From Ron Howard, the director of "Apollo 13",

Comes a vision so bold, so grand, and so green.

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is the name of the flick,

And Universal is hoping it becomes the audience pick.

And in honor of one of the greatest childrens' authors of all-time,

I will review this film completely in rhyme.

 

For those of you not familiar with the tome,

It all takes place in Who-ville, which the Whos call home.

The Whos are a happy bunch going merrily on their way,

As they look with great anticipation to their celebration of Christmas Day.

However, it seems, not everybody is so full of fun,

For north of the town lives a curmudgeon, who hates everyone.

Living atop a mountain, where the Whos dump their trash,

You'll find the Grinch, all haughty and brash.

It seems anger and disdain is all he can feel,

The tragic result of a traumatic childhood ordeal.

Teased by other children when he was young,

He grew up so spiteful, so hateful, so glum.

 

Taylor Momsen and Carrey

Now, in the present, the Whos do prepare,

To celebrate their grandest Christmas affair.

However, the Grinch has an axe to grind,

And develops an evil plan, the product of a twisted little mind.

For he will ruin the good time to be had,

By stealing their presents, their trees... isn't he bad?

But there is hope for redemption for one whose heart is so cold,

In the form of Cindy Lou-Who, who's both inquisitive and bold.

While others may fear the Grinch and all he might do,

The blonde little moppet does through his cold exterior see through.

For underneath that abrasive disposition,

Is a lonely and misunderstood man with a soft spot for children.

 

Christine Baranski, Carrey, and Jeffrey Tambor

Audiences will find that the movie stays quite faithful,

To that perennially-broadcast animated television special.

With the exception of some welcome back-story,

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas", the movie, is rather unwavering.

 

From the production design to the songs that are heard,

A remarkable translation of the cartoon has been secured.

But in addition to the movie's outlandish visual flair,

The screenplay adds some thematic subtext with care.

 

For the spirit of Christmas seems to fall on deaf ears,

As the residents of Whoville are too wrapped up in their individual affairs.

And similar to the Republican Party manifesto,

They believe in the principle of exclusion, and maintaining status quo.

With commercialism run rampant, and avarice without restraint,

The Whos focus on gifts, and their own personal gain.

Thus the Grinch is the underclass downtrodden,

Disposed of like garbage, his value long forgotten.

It is only through the eloquent and untainted words of Cindy-Lou,

That the residents of Whoville understand how they think, and what they do.

 

Carrey

Jim Carrey is aptly cast as the titular anti-hero,

And even under Rick Baker's makeup, his trademark features do show.

In contrast to last year's "Man on the Moon",

Carrey returns to the type of role that made his earliest fans swoon.

For he has returned to the days of rubber-faced antics,

Such as in "The Mask", "Me, Myself, and Irene", and other such flicks.

 

Joining Jim Carrey are a number of recognizable stars,

Who each add their talents to this mainstream objet d'art.

There's Jeffrey Tambor of "Meet Joe Black",

Who plays the mayor of Whoville, a political hack.

Christine Baranski of "Bowfinger" fame,

Is Martha May Whovier, the Grinch's old flame.

Taylor Momsen makes her big-screen debut,

As the affecting and charming heroine, Cindy Lou.

Molly Shannon, who sinned in last year's "Superstar",

Does a decent job as Cindy Lou's mother,

While Anthony Hopkins, that fine English actor,

Lends his stately presence as the film's narrator.

And what would be a Ron Howard picture,

Without an appearance by Clint, the director's brother.

 

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is family fun,

A lavish production to be enjoyed by everyone.

Even if you enjoy it on the go,

On a plane, or on a train, or on home video,

This wonderful film will warm the heart,

With its story and the humor that it does impart.

Images courtesy of Universal Pictures. All rights reserved.


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