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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Loosely based on the 1957 publication by Dr. Seuss, director Ron Howard brings us How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Our beloved animated classic has finally made it to the big screen - sort of.

Staring Jim Carrey as the mean green one, you will find a film that moves in dribs and drabs.  The first 45 minutes of the film is all new as we learn exactly why the Grinch hates Christmas and a bit more about "real" life in Whoville before we move to the more traditional story.

Color, action and music abound in this rendition, but the sole of the original is lost as the traditional Boris Karloff narration and song has been given over to Anthony Hopkins as the Narrator and to the rather unique musical styling of Carrey himself.

Young children will find the film slow and not very appealing, while ages six and above will find the eye candy satisfying.  For those of us who are kids at heart, we will find a plodding story that is seemingly a vehicle for its star Carrey.

There are moments of absolute genius by Carrey but there are even more over the top, self indulgent pieces that fail to play.  This film is unfortunately another example of how product tie-ins and co-promotions can take a cultural icon like the Grinch and turn it into a soundtrack, stuffed toy and fast food promotional bonanza.

One highlight is Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who.  Her angelic face and tone, not to mention her expressive eyes, will not fail to capture your heart as she tries to save Christmas and the Grinch at once.  Additionally, you have to enjoy the costumes, the town and the makeup, but it is the story that you go for and it is the heart and soul of that story that gets lost in the noise, glitter and promotion.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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