The Grinch: One man's toxic sludge is another man's potpourri.
"Inside a snowflake, like the one on your sleeve, there happened a story you must see to believe."
Ron Howard's How the Grinch Stole Christmas has been a huge part of my Christmas since I was a little kid. I always loved it. I loved it even when I didn't listen closely to the Grinch's dialogue which I have come to adore. Everything about this movie is good. Jim Carey as the Grinch is perfect and he gives one of his funniest performances in my eyes. Ron Howard does a great job creating the world of Whoville in all its Christmas glory. And could you find a more perfect narrator for this movie than Anthony Hopkins? Answer: NO.
The story is one everyone knows. We've all seen the animated classic with Boris Karloff. That is one of the most popular Christmas films. This isn't as loved. In fact, it seems that most people despise it. I've seen it probably twenty times and I still can't find anything I really dislike about it. But with most movies I like that others don't, I can see why they dislike it.
First off, devotees of the old classic aren't going to be fulfilled with this because it puts whole new tones into the story and adds a lot of unnecessary humor. Another reason is obviously Jim Carey. There are a lot of people out there that just plain don't like him. As the Grinch, he is completely over the top. I loved his performance, but I can see why other people don't.
I've been a huge fan of this movie since it came out and haven't missed watching around the Christmas season for 10 years now. It is always fun and hilarious holiday entertainment. It never gets old, even as I can utter every line the Grinch says, now. I know it isn't ever going to be considered a holiday classic or one of the better Christmas movies out there, but it will always be close to the top in my book.
The Grinch: Any calls?
Grinch's Answering Machine: You have no messages.
The Grinch: Odd. Better check the outgoing.
Grinch's Answering Machine: If you utter so much as one syllable, I'LL HUNT YOU DOWN AND GUT YOU LIKE A FISH! If you'd like to fax me, press the star key.
The Grinch: Hmm. Hmm.