This movie is adapted from a popular t.v.
cartoon, based on a book by Dr. Seuss, directed by Ron Howard,
and starring Jim Carrey.
Boy, what a job he does with this Grinch
character, even under all the green latex. His facial expressions
still come through.
This is a new, fresh film that should be
around for many years to come as a standard Xmas family story
for kids and adults alike.
There's plenty of sparkling sets, and it's
loaded with all sorts of things to watch, with fantastic details
in every scene.
A Xmas film well worth seeing over and
Ron Howard works his directorial magic
on Dr. Seuss' classic Christmas tale, with art direction worthy
of the original illustrations.
But it's Jim Carrey's rubber-faced performance
that makes it work.
Sure, it sounds like he's doing Sean Connery
doing the evil Mr. Grinch, but he's just lovable enough to be
a great stocking stuffer.
It's a modern tale from an old classic
out just in time for holiday merchandising.
I think the big fantasy movie, How the
Grinch Stole Christmas, spends way too much time on background
material about the Grinch and Whoville.
This leaves the classic story very little
time to transform the cold-hearted Grinch from a Scrooge into
the holiday's biggest supporter and most sincere celebrant.
There was too much meanness and discomfort,
and not enough time left in the film for the joy of Christmas
to develop (in my view).