Thursday, 25 December 2014

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Review

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Release Date: 30th November 2000 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Imagine Entertainment
LUNI Productions GmbH and 
Company KG

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 104 minutes

Budget: $123,000,000

Box Office Gross: $345.141,403 

Plot Summary
Inside a snowflake exists 
the magical land of Whoville. 
In Whoville, live the Who's, 
an almost mutated sort of 
munchkinlike people. All the 
Who's love Christmas, yet 
just outside of their beloved 
Whoville lives the Grinch. The 
Grinch is a nasty creature 
that hates Christmas, and 
plots to steal it away from the 
Whos which he equally abhors. 
Yet a small child, Cindy Lou 
Who, decides to try befriend 
the Grinch.

Jim Carrey - The Grinch
Kelley - Max
Frank Welker - Max (Voice)
Taylor Momsen - Cindy Lou
Jeffrey Tambor - Mayor
Augustus May Who
Anthony Hopkins - Narrator
Christine Baranski - Martha
May Whovier 
Bill Irwin - Lou Lou Who
Molly Shannon - Betty Lou
Clint Howard - Whobris
Mindy Sterling - Clarenella 
Rachel Winfree - Rose
Jeremy Howard - Drew Lou Who
T.J. Thyme - Stu Lou Who
Josh Ryan Evans - Young
Ben Bookender - Young
Augustus May Who
Landry Albright - Young
Martha May Whovier

Producer/Director - Ron Howard
Based on Book "How the
Grinch Stole Christmas" - Dr. Seuss
Screenplay - Jeffrey Price and 
Peter S. Seaman
Producer - Brian Grazer 
Production Designer - Michael 
Costume Designer - Rita Ryack
Special Makeup Effects - Rick 
Director of Photography - Don Peterman
Visual Effects Supervisor - Kevin Scott Mack
Film Editors - Daniel P. Hanley and Mike Hill
Music - James Horner


2001 Academy Awards
Best Makeup - Rick Baker and Gail Rowell-Ryan (Won)
Best Costume Design - Rita Ryack (Nominated)
Best Art Direction - Michael Corenblith and
Merideth Boswell (Nominated)

Seasons greeting everyone, it's the date which exactly says on the above at Christmas Day. Many of you have used to read some of the books by Dr. Seuss as children and watched all of the movies and animated specials adapted from his known work like HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS as I recall it is one of these nostalgic reminiscent moments I've enjoyed in my childhood. This feature interpretation by now as I got older resembled as if THE GRINCH was directed by Tim Burton through his trademark designs and sheer weirdness, which I'm glad it isn't. Though this live-action remake of the animated special was actually made by filmmaker Ron Howard was not exactly as bad as the next film that is based on another Dr Seuss material with Mike Myers starring as THE CAT AND THE HAT from which I've heard is certainly not getting any positive feedback. It nearly destroyed what makes the Chuck Jones animation which is a TV special so great in living up to the holiday spirit. Further entrenching this film into a pit of shame is the strange make-up and obnoxious portrayal of the Whos and set design of which is unsuited as the live action setting itself. 

Even more disappointing to say the least, the scriptwriters had tried to humanise the Grinch character as performed by Jim Carrey by giving him an exclusive back-story of how he came to despise Christmas as a child when he already was in his infancy. I don't blame Carrey for giving amounts of over the top acting for his portrayal and following the terrible direction, I do admire his work on noted comedies such as DUMB & DUMBER (click here). As I feel that Jim is one of these actors who can turn a bad movie into a good one through his well-seasoned comedic acting abilities.

While I don't expect the GRINCH movie to be a truly bizarre holiday humbug, maybe I should wait for the upcoming animated movie in a form of CGI which is set to be made in 2017. This version is downright silly and incapable of carrying the holiday spirit which deserves to be largely ignored by everyone else who have come searching for a decent Christmas feature.

Star rating: (3/10) Disappointing

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