How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Throwback Thursday
Intro to… How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Jim Carrey does an awful Sean Connery impression.
In the city of Whoville the Whos are preparing for Christmas, but there is one person that only knows how to grimace. His name is the Grinch a creature both green and scary, who lives on top of the mountain in snowy solitary.
The Who’s down in Whoville all fear him a lot, except for little Cindy Lou who wants to give him a shot. So she invites him down to enjoy the festivity, but upon arrival the Grinch gets treated with great hostility. This enrages him greatly and he thinks up a plot, a wicked one that shall not soon be forgot. On Christmas Eve, after Santa is gone, he will steal all the presents so there will be none left by dawn.
Should I Watch It?
How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a Christmas comedy directed by Ron Howard and based on the famous story by Dr. Seuss. It stars Jim Carrey as the abominable Grinch, and Taylor Momsen as the naïve and kind-hearted Cindy Lou.
Under the guise of a colourful and imaginative children’s film, this story is really about a girl that has trouble finding her place within her Christmas obsessed community. Her understanding of and feelings towards Christmas is vastly different from that of her friends and family, who only seem to notice the shallow and capitalistic side of the holiday.
Cindy Lou has an innate desire to validate whether Christmas is more than pretty lights and expensive presents. She does this by opposing the Major and acknowledging the Grinch. Her steadfast resolve to involve him with the town’s celebrations parallels her insecurity about the true meaning of Christmas.
Like usual, Jim Carrey plays a very expressive and eccentric character. I am normally not a fan of this type of humour, but it fits the Grinch and the story well. His energy brings the monster to life, but also makes his possible redemption plausible. He is more of an insecure bitter goofball than a menacing brute. Taylor Momsen does a fine job as well. She stands up against society with a childish mixture of maturity and naivety. And looks cute as a button while doing so.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a fun movie. It is flawed in many ways, and it is far from the best Christmas movie, but it makes you laugh and remember what Christmas is all about – showing kindness and acceptance to all people, and have a jolly good time doing so.
Yes, watch it.
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