How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Weird, zany, & with a murky, muddled aesthetic, Ron Howard’s take on The Grinch is a far cry from the Seuss Christmas classic we grew up with_and_loved._3.7/10.

In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen).

*Possible spoilers ahead*

Most Memorable Moment: 1. First encounter with the Grinch on the mountaintop

Pros: Overall good cinematography and location settings, great make-up and costume design bringing Who-ville and the Who’s to life, Carrey pretty funny in parts although very flawed, very original take on the Grinch for sure, adds depth & Grinch’s backstory, not too long, Cindy Lou a good actress & her scenes with Grinch the highlight of the film, much better 2nd half as it gets back to the storyline and just being a live-action version

Cons: Extremely wonky and weird – off-putting especially for a movie supposedly for kids (not sure how exactly I liked this as a kid..), Carrey comes off surprisingly hostile and like a middle-aged Italian mobster in parts, murky dark aesthetic that makes the film admittedly distasteful to look at, questionable decisions like including a musical, frankly awful first half that almost turns you off so much you quit watching (guilty even personally but I stuck with it which cincould’ve been 15-20 min shorter

Overall Rating: 3.7/10

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