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  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    • Runtime:104 min
    • Release Date:2014-08-22 05:59:43
    • Director: Ron Howard
    • Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
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MOVIE REVIEW:How the Grinch Stole Christmas


A lot of money was spent in turning this Ron Howard production into a
full-length feature with JIM CARREY as "The Grinch," but I'll take the
1966 animated version any day over this overstuffed fantasy.

The director obviously gave Carrey license to "go for it" with some
moments of comedy enough to produce a few chuckles, but Carrey's lack
of restraint reaches manic proportions before the film is half over and
his sickly green and grotesque make-up is an unappetizing sight to
behold in those huge close-ups. The film (at all times) strains too
hard to be a quirky imitation of the original Dr. Seuss cartoon and is
simply not up to the job. It's a mess.

Furthermore, none of the supporting characters are more than mildly
entertaining. TAYLOR MOMSEN is a lovely little girl but she can't sing
and she substitutes a look of placid, wide-eyed wonder for acting while
Carrey heats up the screen with his overacted mugging. CHRISTINE
BARANSKI has a flair for comedy but she's been seen to much better
advantage in other roles and looks more than mildly uncomfortable as
the woman secretly in love with "The Grinch." Actually, most of the
time she looks as though she can barely tolerate looking at him.

There's a perky background score, some over-luxurious sets, some
ghastly looking costumes for the Whoville residents, and the overall
feeling one gets is that the slim plot has been expanded to the point
where it overstays its welcome. The over stuffing doesn't just apply to
the sets and costumes and special effects. The script tries to set up a
flashback of "how" the Grinch became what he is, but it has a dulling
effect that only succeeds in slowing down the ponderous pace of the
film's last hour

The script rightfully won a "Razzie" as worst of the year, so the blame
can't be placed entirely on director or star. My advice: If you want to
do justice to Dr. Seuss, do it with animation and not live actors.

Summing up: Not a shred of charm. It's as if "Opie" meets Tim Burton.


Big hype, huge egos and lots of overacting can't believe that didn't
work. I looked forward to this as I love the 1966 cartoon so much my
holiday season doesn't start until I've seen it however I won't be
holding this title to that regard. It's the usual mix big budget
Hollywood updates; we have Ron Howard at the helm trying desperately
for a blockbuster, Jim Carrey almost manic in his attempt at comedy and
a shamefully long-winded script. Overall I was just plain disappointed
If you still want to see this movie OK go ahead but keep your
expectations low and don't watch with your kids. A lot of the humor
will go right over their heads

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