Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Reviews
First off, I like Jim Carrey as the Grinch. He's playful despicable, and captures the mischeivous nature the character has always had. He's also very expressive, with Jim Carrey's rubber face doing an impressive job working through the pounds of makeup and prosthetics. He can go a little overboard at times, but it never got to a point I found it obnoxious. I also like the sets in the film. Yeah it's basically the Dr. Seuss land from Universal Studios and you could argue it's just tie-in marketing, but I like the Dr. Seuss land. The roads are all crooked, the buildings weird and colorful, it's just a fun place to look at and I can't help but be impressed by the artistry of its design. I also like the Christmas spirit of the movie when it's there. It's not always there (I'll address that in a minute) but when it is it's extremely charming. Especially in the music, like the "Where Are You Christmas" song that's now semingly exceeded this movie in popularity. It's hokey, but charming.
As for the stuff I didn't like, oh boy, what's with the gross out stuff? Seriously this movie is often downright disgusting. There's weird wide-angle closeups of people's faces that just make me uncomfortable, and jokes about burps and farts and people kissing dogs butts. It's this stuff that pissed me off for years about this movie. I found it disgraceful to the memory of Dr. Seuss. Watching it again...yeah it's really a problem. I don't know how they thought this was a good direction to go with it, and it really drags the whole thing down quite a bit. The other big detractor for me was the film's really mean-spirited tone that loses some of the originals poignancy. In the original, the Whos didn't care that the Grinch took their material things. Here, they're materialisitc as hell, and need to learn the true meaning of Christmas. This loses the point of the original, the Grinch was the one who needed to learn, that was enough. Even if you are going to change it, they don't handle it well either, with a awkwardly quick turnaround.
If you like this movie, I get it. If you hate it, I get that too. If it's on TV, I'll watch a bit of it, and I'll be charmed by the things I liked and groan at the things I hate. There's just too much bad stuff for me to really consider it possitive overall, but there's enough good stuff that I can't totally bash it. Overall, it's inconsistent as hell, but fine.
1. Citizen Kane (1941)
2. The Dark Knight (2008)
3. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
4. The Godfather (1972)
5. Schindler's List (1993)
6. The Birth Of A Nation (1915)
7. Pulp Fiction (1994)
8. Do The Right Thing (1989)
9. King Kong (1933)
10. Fantasia (1940)