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73 out of 98 people found the following review useful:
Christmas Giggles, 16 December 2004
Author: toffeesi from Bolton
I have just read the lead comment for this film that is on the front
page with the voting results and cast run down.
Why is it that some people can not take a film for what it is supposed to be.
This film is supposed to be a light hearted, tonge in cheek, family comedy, things to make the kids laugh and things for the adults, and that is exactly what this film does.
I laughed my nuts off at this film, I thought Carey put in a great performance and the whole film (if watched at Christmas) really give you a bit of festive cheer
So to all of you film reviewers stop trying to sound like film students and knock every film because it is not "Taxi Driver" or "The Godfather" and take films for what they are supposed to be, entertainment!!
72 out of 106 people found the following review useful:
Merry Christmas to All..., 27 November 2000
Author: jennifer-99 from Toronto, Ontario
I have been eagerly anticipating the opening of this film for several
months. Being a huge Jim Carrey fan, I easily saw how he could morph
himself into Seuss' Grinch and make the character his own. I was not
This movie was pure magic. Carrey is a master at his trade and no one could have played this role to perfection as he did. There was plenty to enjoy for both adults and children alike and this movie is sure to become a timeless classic for all to enjoy in the years to come. I already have visions of my young daughter sitting down year after year to watch this remake on video, and I undoubtedly will watch with her and laugh as I did the first time I saw it.
Clearly, this movie has Jim Carrey written all over it, and I do not believe that it would have come together without him. However, the supporting cast was charming and entertaining in their own right, most notably the adorable Taylor Momsen who was the perfect foil for Carrey's antics. The set design, musical score and costumes all lent their hands to a magical, fabulous finished product and I believe all involved can be proud.
It is not an easy feat to turn a 22 minute cartoon classic into a full length live action film, but Howard has succeeded with flying colours. For those critics who disagree, perhaps it is your hearts that are 2 sizes too small.
43 out of 70 people found the following review useful:
creative funny laughed my *** off, 29 September 2004
Author: kimsgirlthing from British Columbia
If you went to this movie to see some huge academy award presentation...oh well..but if you wanted to see a funny delightful adaptation of an old classic, you will love it..Jim Carey was incredible as usual. The story line was great, a few parts added like the history of the Grinch made it even better. Ron Howard never misses a beat..But although there were a few ADULT comments and cleavage added, this is supped to be a kids or family show. Try not to lose sight of that ..if you do you really wont enjoy the movie...and as for the comments about Ron Howard, try to direct a major motion picture and see how you do..its not easy as it looks ...
33 out of 52 people found the following review useful:
Visually good but really carried by Jim Carrey, 26 December 2003
Author: bob the moo
In the land of Whoville everyone loves Christmas and count down the whole
year until that wonderful time. However just outside Whoville lives the
Grinch, a green hairy twisted creature that hates, and always has hated,
Christmas and was rejected by the Who's as a child. A young girl from
Whoville sets out to befriend the Grinch and help him find his love of
Christmas but, when it goes wrong early on, the Grinch becomes even more
rotten and plans to ruin it for everyone.
I have never read the book or seen the original animated version of this story, but I do enjoy a bit of Dr Seuss and was worried about how such imagination would be filled out on the screen. The film actually manages it very well and the whole film has the look of the books, even if it lacks soul at times. The plot is stretched out to the running time and could have easily been shorter and punchier, but at heart it is a good little moral that is good from Christmas time.
However, aside from the look of the film, the main reason that the film works is Jim Carrey. I cannot think of another actor who could have pulled off this role as well as he did. He is manic and really funny although I imagine that if you dislike him and his antics that you'd hate the film totally. I'm on the fence about him but I did enjoy him here. Momsen is OK but really just a `cute kid' and, while the support cast has quite a few famous faces, they don't make much of an impact under the makeup and the film is left to Carrey to save it - which he happily does.
Overall this film is a little too long and padded out, but while Carrey is onscreen it seems to go pretty fast due to his hyper acting and comedy antics. However, it's Christmas and it has a nice message while not totally giving in to syrupy sentiment (thanks again to manic Carrey) and it's just perfect for kids and adults at Christmas time.
15 out of 21 people found the following review useful:
Giggling With Jim Carrey's 'Grinch'., 30 January 2009
Author: Chrysanthepop from Fraggle Rock
Howard's 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' is a delightful family flick
that both adults and children can enjoy (mostly with each other). It is
basically an adaptation of the famous children's books and what the
audience gets is a pleasant Christmas treat. Price's screenplay is
brilliant as he cleverly manages to include some adult humour.
The world of Whoville is beautifully constructed and created, full of colour, life, energy and spirit. The vivacious characters are full of positive energy and while it is over the top, it is all done within the context and none of it appears out of place. The CGI team and makeup crew deserve full credit for making the characters and settings so lifelike, bringing out a lot of detail and appearing authentic. The set designs are stunning and the cinematography is just as energetic as the characters.
Child actress Taylor Momsen is absolutely. The cute dog also turns in a fine performance. Jeffrey Tambor, a very sexy Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin and Molly Shannon are first rate. However, what would 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' be without Jim Carrey? Carrey is simply fantastic as he immerses himself entirely into the character. It's a role that has Jim Carrey written all over it. The actor has immortalized the Grinch on screen.
The movie itself is not an exact 100% adaptation of the book as there are a few changes. The romance between the Grinch and Martha May could have been better developed. Other than the actors mentioned above, the rest of the cast hardly have anything to do than make fleeting appearances. Yet, 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' is a charming little Christmas family film that is dazzling to look at and hugely enjoyable with the whole family.
20 out of 33 people found the following review useful:
A Lot Of Fun; Looks Great On DVD, 4 November 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
I found this a very entertaining small kids movie that actually is
geared more for adults with a lot of jokes and humor only they would
understand. A few things are inappropriate for the kiddies, but just a
few. Othewise, "The Grinch" (Jim Carrey) cracks so many jokes you can't
keep up with them all, ranging from sexual to cultural to
insider-Hollywood to racial.
The film is very colorful and looks great on DVD. The little girl in here, "Cindy Lou Who" (Taylor Momsen) is really cute and the costumes and hairdos of the little people in here are fun to view. Anthony Hopkins' voice is pleasing, too, so having his narrate this elevates the movie further. His rhymes are fun to hear.
I saw this in the theater, though it was "fair," but on DVD, it was far better. I've seen in three times and it got better each time.
24 out of 43 people found the following review useful:
How the Grinch Stole the show!, 21 November 2003
Author: Will_Scarlet from Washington, D.C.
I agree completely, this film looks extremely overblown, and it is.
Though the sets and costumes are visually amazing, they go by too fast too be truly appreciated, and there is the feeling that it is too much crammed into too little. Besides this, the supporting cast have very little to do, and the presence of Anthony Hopkins as the narrator is rather puzzling. Besides that, several weak story points are added, for instance, like the romance between the Grinch and Martha May seems completely superfluous. However, if you want to see this movie, see for Jim Carrey, who steals the show as the title role. He is simply hilarious! He does, however, run a close race against Cindy Lou Who, who is unbelievably cute.
The difference between this movie, and the cartoon, is that this movie is set more from the point of view of the Grinch. In the cartoon, the Grinch is the villain, a grumpy old hermit who is jealous of the Whos and their happiness. The Whos, in the cartoon, are just simple, country townsfolk celebrating Christmas, and when the Grinch finds he cannot destroy Christmas, he knows he cannot make them suffer the absence he feels in his life, and finally understands the holiday spirit. In the movie, however, the Grinch is a slightly more modern take on his character. Actually, you can't blame him for wanting to do something about the Whos, who, in this movie, are a grim reflection of our society, and the crass consumerism and capitalism that yearly chokes the true meaning of the holiday spirit for material possessions. The Whos are so immersed in their own greed that it almost seems they deserve it when the Grinch drops the ball on them. The writers also make them seem as irritating and overly cheerful and loud as possible, with their gaudy decorations and foods, and creepy, sugar-coated style. Cindy Lou's reaction to this is our own, and she and the Grinch find the real meaning of the holiday. She and the Grinch are better seen as role models to today's holiday company, as a message not to lose ourselves in our own material greed that has become common to this holiday, but to instead remember what Christmas is. I think this holiday would get a much better reputation if people made it a routine to imagine a Christmas without presents or trimmings every year, just to keep that image in mind. But, if you don't want to be annoyed by the Whos, or blinded by the slightly overdone sets and costumes, watch it for Cindy Lou, or, if you don't like 'cute' movies like me, but like Jim Carrey's raunchy, slapstick, Marx Bros. style comedy, watch it for him.
3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Forget The Cat In The Hat, Watch The Grinch instead and have a Green Christmas!, 25 December 2004
Author: au_law2001 from Philippines
I've been a fan of the book and the cartoon for a long time, since I was a kid back in the States. At first I was skeptical about a movie conversion of this Dr. Seuss masterpiece, because I didn't think it would make the cut, it would be a turkey, or in this case a roast beast. But as I watched it, it turned out great! Jim Carey never stops making me laugh, and with a few emotional scenes. The man is back with green once again, but there were some scenes that didn't look like it was faithful to the book, there was more background to the Grinch's character, but I can forgive them for that, this was also touching as the cartoon was. Especially when the Grinch finally had a big heart, it made me feel all warm inside, Jim Carey was a perfect Grinch. Perfect for the holidays. I recommend this to everyone to kids from 1-92, it should be shown during Christmas, so you can all have a green Christmas. And the soundtracks were also great and wonderful. Forget the Cat In The Hat, watch this and have a Green Christmas! Thank you Dr. Seuss, this film proves that your legacy lives on!
7 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Funny!!, 3 January 2002
Author: Justin Rashidi (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Southern California
"How The Grinch Stole Christmas" is a funny movie. It has a lot of heavy laughs. Jim Carrey is very funny in this film. My brothers love that movie, too. If you have not seen it, see it. It's a must-see for all ages to watch and laugh really hard. **** out of **** stars and 10 out of 10 stars.
34 out of 66 people found the following review useful:
How could you not like this movie, 21 December 2001
Author: verhaers from Palos Park, IL USA
I love this movie, but can't get what is in this movie tht is not to like. People who don't like this movie must be Richard Roeper and Roger Ebert. But I can't believe that is Mr. Carrey behind all that makeup. And I am sure that most of the actors and actresses in the movie has made film before this. And there is a new face in the movie. Taylor Momsen who plays Cindy Lou Who. As the opens, the Grinch (Jim Carrey) comes out of hiding. And causes some mean fun to the whos in Whoville. Sicne we know that the whos love Christmas. While The Grinch does not like christmas. And even makes fun of little Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) who is the daughter of the town's postmaster (Bill Irwin). The movie was directed by Ron Howard. And the narrtor's voice is done by Anthony Hopkins. And Jeffrey Tambor (Muppets From Space) is cast as the mayor of whoville. Who doesn't like talking about the Grinch close to Christmas time.
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