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December 25, 2018

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) --- “Inside A Snowflake, Like The One On Your Sleeve, There Happened A Story You Must See To Believe.”

Plot Summary
In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children's tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen). (1)

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    Directed by Ron Howard (Apollo 13. Solo: A Star Wars Story), and written by Jefferey Price (Shrek the Third) and Peter S. Seaman (Shrek the Third), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) is a delightful family film that can entertain all ages. Howard is a genius in family film entertainment, and this film is probably the most creative vision since The Wizard of OZ (1939) and the most heart-warming film since It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). He uses a gent touch with the film by letting the humor work on its own rather than feel forced and ends on a feel-good note that is not overly emotional like many films of its kind. In a way this film demonstrates the versatility of Howard’s skills as a director, he proves here that he can tack you to outer space or to Whoville with equal levels of alacrity and expertise.

     The writers have crafted a brilliant screenplay that cleverly manages to balance different levels of humor so as to entertain both kids and adults. The story teaches us that Christmas is not about receiving presents and things but rather Christmas is about spending time with family and friends, it’s about joy, love, and so much more. The world of Whoville is beautifully constructed with colorful and detailed set designs and incredible special effects, both makeup and CGI. Howard and co. have provided audiences with an instant classic and delightful film that is thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end.
     The film is filled with lively characters that are so full of positive and over-the-top energy that does not appear out of place. Taylor Momford (Spy Kids 2) as Cindy Lou Who, Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) as Mayor Augustus Maywho, Christine Baranski (Mama Mia) as Martha May Whovier, Bill Irwin (Legion) as Lou Lou Who, and Molly Shannon (Superstar. Private Life) as Betty Lou Who were all great and equally funny in the respective roles. Jim Carrey (Kidding) demonstrates his full range of talents as the Grinch with outstanding comedic moments and captivating dramatic emotional performances. There was a great use of background story that was used to explain why the Grinch is the way he is, he has abandonment issues and then some, and Carrey encompasses those issues into his performance. In a way, he brings out a lot of heart from the role that is otherwise considered to be heartless.
     Overall, How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) is an entertaining classic film that is delightful and heartwarming as it describes the true meaning of Christmas. The story is full of laughs for both adults and kids, while the cinematography is colorful and detailed. The cast is as lively and over the top, as you might expect, even the Grinch despite being a grinch. I highly recommend this film and I also recommend that you see the most recent Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more.”
- The Grinch

Final Vote --- 9.5 of 10 stars

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Movies Similar 
Arthur Christmas (2011)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
A Christmas Carol (2009)
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Jack Frost (1998)
The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)
The Polar Express (2004)
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
The Santa Clause (1994)
The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
Summer in February (2013)
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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