MRR Movie Review: Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas


Movie Review: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

-- Rating: PG
Length: 104 minutes
Release Date: Dec. 1, 2000
Directed by: Ron Howard
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Originally a Christmas tale in the Dr. Seuss collection, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a classic story causing audience reflection. This movie version has playing the role of the Grinch, the comedian Jim Carrey, who makes it look like a cinch. With Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who, the movie rolls on to introduce the home of the Whos. Who-ville is different from the book design, but it has a bright look that is bold and refined.

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a tale that explains how a Christmas-hating Who comes to enjoy the holiday again. With a heart that is two sizes too small, the Grinch hates Christmas more than anything at all. Hating the sound of children singing and not wanting to hear it, the Grinch begins to plan a way to destroy the Who's Christmas spirit. He sews a Santa suit, then thinking quick, turns his dog into a reindeer with the use of a stick. With a large wooden sleigh and his costume looking fit, he's sure that the Whos will think he's Saint Nick.

Christmas Eve arrives the very next day, and the Grinch thinks his plan will cause great dismay. He runs to each home and steals every present, which, come Christmas morning, will not be pleasant. He steals every last crumb of the Christmas feast, including the Who's large Christmas roast beast. As he climbs down the chimneys and runs through the doors, the Whos in the town continue to snore. Then, Cindy Lou Who, the tiniest Who, catches the Grinch as he enters the room. She asks what he will do with the tree he's taking that night; he's going to fix a light on the tree that's not lighting up right.

The Grinch makes his escape back to his lair, and he laughs at the Whos who are still unaware. The Grinch thinks that the next day will be sad and blue, but he was in for a surprise as he heard waking Whos. The Whos still gathered, and they sang their best, because Christmas arrived, even without presents.

The Grinch was confused, so the story proceeds, and he began to understand about what Christmas means. It's not presents and food that make Christmas great but the feeling of love that they all share on that date. The Grinch thinks and thinks about what this means, then comes to a thought that he was sure was obscene. Was Christmas about more than ribbons and bows? Surprisingly so, and the Grinch's heart begins to grow.

The "Grinch who Stole Christmas" is a happy tale about a Who who learns why his plan fails. Christmas is about loving and care, so he brings back the presents for everyone there. The community greets him and forgives what he's done, and he even carves the roast beast for everyone.

This classic story is perfect for family times, and, even better, the movie still rhymes. With brightly toned scenes and musical scores, the movie leaves audiences longing for more. The story is heartfelt and loving throughout, so it's perfect for children who are still young to be out. With tiny Cindy Lou Who to bring innocence and charm, the movie is not violent and won't cause harm. Little eyes and ears will stay sitting still as they view the exciting new land of Who-ville.

Parents will love the story they knew about the beginnings of the Grinch and the Whos. The story is told with Jim Carrey in tow, which keeps the movie moving, even when slow. Max the dog is ideal for animal lovers, and the ending will have families hugging each other. The usual antics are still here this time, and the backstory of the Grinch is one of a kind. New scenes and explanations keep the story unique, so it has a new look that is stunningly chic. The rhyming is fun and the settings are bold; the movie is perfect for those young and old.

Rated three of five stars, the critics are bold, but the story is loved when it is told. The Christmas-themed movie is different than most, bringing laughs and warmth is what few can boast. The lighthearted film is a Christmas favorite, so it's best to watch when you have time to savor it.

Rating: 3 out of 5