The final film I wanted to review for my 12 Days of Christmas Films was ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ starring Jim Carrey. This is one of the highest grossing christmas films to have ever been released in the UK and the US – I wanted to find out why, having never seen the film myself.
The film’s plot is based on Dr. Seuss’ children’s book of the same title originally released way back in 1957. The story takes place in ‘Whoville’ where the ‘whos’ are currently preparing and celebrating christmas time. ‘The Grinch’ (Jim Carrey) is an exception to the celebrations and much prefers to spend the festive season alone, planning ways to prank and humiliate the ‘who’s.
Meanwhile six-year-old ‘Cindy Lou’ (Taylor Momsen), believes everyone is missing the real point of Christmas by being more concerned with the gifts than the festivities. After having a face-to-face encounter with ‘the Grinch’ at her local Post office (in which he saves her life), ‘Cindy Lou’ becomes interested in his history; she asks everyone what they know about him and discovers his tragic past.
Whilst I’ve never been a fan of Jim Carrey (frankly he’s just plain creepy!) he is perfectly cast for this role; I cannot think of anyone who would capture the ‘bah humbug’ attitude of his character as well as he does. However, the supporting cast were equally as charming and entertaining in their own right, most notably the adorable Taylor Momsen who was the perfect foil for Carrey’s antics.
I thought that it would be quite the task to turn a 20 minute picture-book into a full-length feature film and I was correct; the plot has been stretched out to an average running time, but could have easily been shorter and punchier. However, at heart it has a good moral that is perfect for the festive season.
Overall this film is a little too long and drawn out, but with Carrey in the lead role it seems to go pretty fast, due to the hyperactive atmosphere which is almost always apparent whilst he’s onscreen. However, it’s Christmas and it has a nice message while not totally giving into that sugary sweet sentiment; a perfect film for kids and adults at Christmas time.
My Christmas Rating; 6/10
P.s I hoped you’ve enjoyed my #12DaysofChristmasFilms as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them see you in the new year!!