Tuesday, December 16, 2008

25 Days: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas has been a staple on television for over 40 years in cartoon version.

In 2000, Ron Howard directed a live-action film starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch, which is obviously over the top, but in my opinion still worthy of watching each Christmas.

The animated version only runs about 26 minutes, but this live-action film is stretched to 104 minutes.

Carrey is a pretty decent Grinch, as he is almost always over the top.

Cindy Lou Who, who had a very small part in the animated version, is front and center in this version. Played by a newcomer, Taylor Momsen, she did a pretty nice job in one of her first roles. She is interested in the Grinch and does some digging into his past - so we are shown glimpses into the Grinch's past and we see why he is the way he is now.

Is this movie way over the top? Absolutely. But, most Christmas movies are, and I feel it is still a welcomed addition to the collection each and every Christmas.


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