How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a 2000 American Christmas comedy film directed by Ron Howard. It is based on the 1957 book of the same name by Dr. Seuss and is also a live action version of the 1966 animated television special. It stars Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin, Josh Ryan Evans (in his final theatrical role), and Taylor Momsen.
The story is about the Grinch, a green creature who lives on the outskirts of Whoville and wants to ruin Christmas for everyone in the town.
Having grown up on the original Grinch, book and cartoon, this one is alike in ways such as the main story, but also different in ways too. The animated special is only 26 minuets long and this one is an hour and forty-five minutes, so of course much was added to the story. But both still have that famous green character everyone loves to hate, or end up loving. In this film Jim Carrey does an outstanding job as the Grinch, although his voice isn’t nearly as deep and sinister sounding as Boris Karloff’s in the original, his mannerisms are menacing and sometimes humorous, even though at times the humor is rather crude.
The other main actors and actresses do a good job portraying their characters. Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who is the best out of them in my opinion, although Christine Baranski does a very good job as Martha May Whovier, just not as good as Momsen. Jeffrey Tambor portrayed Mayor Augustus Maywho well, just at times seemed over the top dramatic and judgmental. Bill Irwin and Molly Shannon as Lou Lou Who and Betty Lou Who, did fine, but not great jobs.
The costumes in the film are fabulous, especially the Grinch’s. The scenery is equally fabulous, adding to the whimsicalness of Whoville and ominousness of the Grinch. This a movie I can’t wait to watch every year. 7+ 3.5/5