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      13.12.2012 11:36
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      Typical Jim Carey!

      Staring Jim Carey as the Grinch, this film is inspired by Dr Suess' original version of the crunch is is considered a family classic by a lot of people. The film aims to be sweet and funny. Sometimes, I can see that The Grinch is closely related to Suess by the rhyming narrator, but sometimes it does go very silly and over the top. I used to love this movie when I first saw it in the cinema, but after watching it again its not as good as I remembered it.

      The characters are a bit too flat for me apart from Cindy and The Grinch. They all seem to live for Christmas and we don't really get to know anything about them because they all think about presents. It does try and give a bqckstory but it makes me dislike them even more, which is a shame because I can see the potential the movie had.

      And there is one scene where I flu d a particular flaw. This was when The Grinch pretends to be Santa Claus when Cindy wakes up and talks to Santa. This scene really bugged me because the narrator mentioned how smart he was, but by his green furry hands and his face that she could have known that it was The Grinch, but I guess she was playing around too.

      One of my favourite parts of the film is when Cindy's dad declares that he's happy all the presents got stolen because it showed all the town the real meaning of Christmas. It must have made the major feel that he had been given a great slap on the face. Another scene I thought was really funny was when The Grinch was talking to himself and the echo calls him an idiot.

      I still like the film although there was some scenes that was toouch. The love interest in Martha felt really forced and they went too far with that, especially making the major kiss the dog's bottom in his sleep. Poor dog must have been terrified.

      The acting is okay for the film. Even though I think Jim Carey has dine better things such as The Mask and Ace Ventura, he has his good moments in here and I think he really looked the part in this film. The imagery and the sets are really good. Some of the lighting in the film looked really strange such as the subsets, but other than that I wouldn't say that it is horrible.

      I think the film is worth a watch though. You'll either like the film or you won't so it is a bit like Marmite this film is. I have a feeling that over this season, that this film will start being played and watched a lot. So now is a good time to see it. Some of my friends don't like it because they think some bits are really cringey, which justifies my views that this film can be really over the top and put viewers off.

      I think its a good film for kids and that it is worth 3 stars.

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      05.01.2012 20:09
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      A great value christmas DVD at £3 which i would reccomend!

      ==Introduction==
      I Love Christmas and a good Christmas movie and my personal favourite is the Grinch. I normally watch it on the telly every year although I decided to buy it last year as I managed to get in on-line from HMV for £3 including postage which I thought was a real bargain.

      The Film is an adaptation from the Dr Seuss children's book - "how the Grinch stole Christmas" and was released in the year 2000, it stars Jim Carrey playing the Grinch and I think he does a fantastic job of taking on the role.

      ==Plot==
      The film starts on set in who-ville, where we are introduced to the who's, the creatures which live here. There's nothing more the who's love than Christmas and decorate the whole town from top to bottom to celebrate the occasion, I think the set looks fantastic and would love to live there myself at Christmas as there is such a good spirit. Although we soon find out that not everything is good news as close to who-ville is Mount Crumpit which is where the Grinch lives who everyone is scared of.

      One of the who's is a young girl called Cindy-Lou who unlike all the other who's doesn't understand why they are making such a kick up about Christmas and has totally lost her Christmas spirit. Cindy encounters a near death experience when she fall into a parcel making machine at the post office where her dad works although she is saved by the Grinch himself although he claims the reason he saved her was to give her a message to spread around who-ville to stay clear out Mount Crumpit although Cindy does not believe him.

      Cindy then starts to ask people in the town about the Grinch and discovers that he hates Christmas; she then comes to the conclusion that if she's ever going to get her Christmas spirit back then she must also help the Grinch get his back. The cast list is as followed;
      -Jim Carrey as The Grinch
      -Jeffrey Tambor as Mayor of Whoville
      -Christine Baranski as Martha May Who-vier
      -Molly Shannon as Betty Lou Who
      -Anthony Hopkins as Narrator
      -Josh Ryan Evans as 8 Year Old Grinch
      -Frankie Ray as Who
      -Jeremy Howard as Dru Lou-Who
      -Taylor Momsen as Little Cindy Lou-Who
      -Bill Irwin as Lou Lou Who
      -Clint Howard as Whobris
      -T. J. Thyne as Stu Lou Who
      -Lacey Kohl as Christina Whoterberry
      -Frank Welker as Max the Dog (voice)

      ==Summary==
      I think the Grinch is a great family film and really gets you in the Christmas spirit, it would make a great Christmas eve film to watch with the kids before hanging up the stockings and heading off to bed, the film is rated a PG although there are only a few very minor scary parts on the whole it is a very enjoyable festive film which you can go wrong with for £3!

      The film runs for 1 hour 41 minutes. Extras on the DVD include deleted scenes, outtakes, makeup and design feature, visual effect feature, fait hill "where are you now" music video, cast and filmmakers biographies and Grinch game trailer.

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      21.05.2010 11:14

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      A great film for all the family within the festive season.

      This film has elements from the original book by Dr Seuss called How the Grinch stole Christmas which was written back in 1957. In this film the Grinch who is a green furry creature is played by Jim Carrey. You will be hard pressed to notice that its him, due to the make-up he is wearing.

      The film revolves around creatures/people called Who's, they live in a place called whoville. These people are devoted to Christmas and love everything about and to do with it. With presents trees lights and everything Christmas related is out in force.

      However this Christmas is set to be spoilt by the Grinch. The Grinch who lives outside of Whoville within a mountain is the complete opposite of these people and hates Christmas. And as a result wants to and will spoil it for everyone, he has good reason as when he was young he was mocked for the way he looked, so in some ways you can say he is getting revenge.

      The Grinch manages to steal presents from whoville and cause uproar at Christmas, however one young who manages to befriend the Grinch. She together with the Grinch make Christmas a wonderful time for whoville again. The young girl who also helps the Grinch become accepted again in whoville. So you can say you get a happy ending.
      This film is a good bit of entertainment, super performances from Carrey and the other members of the cast make this adaption of a Dr Suess book work and works well.
      It's good to show how everyone learns to get along.A good Christmas film with great performances. A bit of silly fun!

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      20.02.2010 14:35
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      the best christmas film

      The Grinch, or the Grinch who stole Christmas as its also known is a great Christmas movie from the year 2000. I remember going to see this one at the cinema when it came out and it was my far my favourite Christmas movie I had ever seen, and still to this day it remains my favourite Christmas movie still, its got a great story and its told in a very nice poetic way, with great acting, and great sets.

      For those who don't know the story, the Grinch is a very bitter and perhaps even evil character, he is a green hairy, strange looking creature who lives in a cave at the top of the mountain called mount Crumpit. He hates Christmas, for reasons we learn as the film develops, however down in Whoville, the town at the bottom of the mountain belongs the Who's, these are friendly people who all love each other, and who all love Christmas, they cant understand the Grinch and are all scared of him, that is except on little girl.

      The Grinch attempts to steal Christmas this year though, dressing up as Santa and stealing everyone's presents, he attempts to ruin Christmas for everyone however from the help of this little girl, he learns what the true meaning of Christmas is about.

      The film stars Jim Carrey as the Grinch, who is such a great character, well played by Carrey, but I think just a brilliant character to play any way. The sets are amazing, and the Who's are also very funny looking people, I have seen this film every Christmas now I think, and I never get bored of it, such a great classic Christmas movie.

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      08.02.2010 12:55
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      Excellent film, definitely worth watching at least once.

      Main Characters:
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      Grinch: Jim Carrey
      Cindy Lou Who: Taylor Momsen
      Mayor Augustus Maywho: Jeffrey Tambor
      Martha May Whovier: Christine Baranski

      Plot:
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      The Grinch is a lonely green creature who lives on Mount Crumpit, just past Whoville. He doesn't join in with the festivities down at the happy Whoville, and his only companion is his faithful dog, Max. When the Grinch hears the noisy Christmas festival from down at Whoville, he decides to go and steal all of the presents and decorations which the citizens have all paid for. Will the Grinch realise his mistake and gain a heart? Or will he just keep the presents for himself and ruin Christmas for everyone?

      My Opinion:
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      Firstly, the acting is amazing. Jim Carrey seems to have been waiting for this part for his whole career; you even stop seeing him as Jim Carrey and believe that the Grinch is a real creature. The citizens of Whoville are all amazing; they all look different from normal people but their costumes don't look tacky or unrealistic. Taylor Momsett as Cindy Lou Who is a great actress considering how young she is, and she plays the part tremendously. Anthony Hopkins is also amazing as the narrator; which is good because the narrating is central to the whole story. Even Max the dog is a great little actor, and if you have the DVD, there's even a little section about how he's a rescue dog and doesn't have any ears!

      The storyline is unique; I haven't seen any other storylines like this one. The script is hilarious, and the jokes are really witty. The film can be watched over and over again because one viewing is simply not enough.

      I believe that people of any age would enjoy this film; especially those young at heart. The film is a classic and would be amazing to watch around the Christmas period. Definitely a must see!

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      02.12.2009 14:23
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      A good Christmas film that will get you in the spirit.

      The Grinch is a Live Action film adaptation on a Dr Suess childrens story. It was released in 2000. Starred Jim Carrey as The Grinch & is shown on TV sometime over Christmas.

      At the beginning of the film, we are introduced to Who-ville, a town that is found inside a snowflake. We are also introduced to it's inhabitants - the Whos. The Whos love the Christmas holiday more than any other time of year & celebrate it vigorously. The Whos live in the shadow of Mount Crumpit. Nobodys dares to go up the mountain as it is inhabited by the fiersome Grinch who scares the Whos.

      Cindy-Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) is a young Who girl who doesn't understand why everyone is making such a big fuss over Christmas & has lost her Christmas Spirit. After going to the Post Office where her father works, she encounters The Grinch. Cindy Lou falls into a parcel packing machine which could kill her. The Grinch then rescues her from the machine saving her life. He says that he did it so that he could give her a message to the town to stay away from Mount Crumpit, but she doesn't believe him.

      Cindy Lou then starts finding out about The Grinch by interviewing the townspeople. She discovers that he hates Christmas & why he hates it & decides that to get her own Christmas Spirit back, she must help The Grinch regain his.

      I think that the film is aimed at Children although it is certainly suitable for the family. As has seem to become common place in modern kids films there are a few more adult one liners to keep the adults interested & happy & the film is pretty funny. I enjoy seeing The Grinch's journey from a Hermit displeased with life to his eventual redemption at the end of the film. Like lots of Christmas films, it's very uplifting. The only downside I think it has is that it may be too long for some of the kids.

      Extras wise on the DVD there is very little to speak of. Usual commentaries & some extended scenes but that's about your lot. They didn't even put outtakes on here.

      I would recommend the film, plus it's not very expensive. If you like it, it's not a very bad buy at all. But you'll be able to watch it for free on TV.

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      19.11.2009 17:17
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      This is a great family Christmas film, full of fun and laughter

      This movie is an adaptation from the book, 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas.' Written by Dr Seuss. Although it seems to follow the same storyline, there is alot more added into the film.

      The Story:

      I won't go into too much detail, as I do not want to spoil it, if you haven't seen it before.

      The whole World of Whoville, which is the land this story is in, is set inside a tiny snowflake,

      In the world of Whoville Christmas is the most important time of year and the Who's count down the whole year on a huge timer until Christmas day.

      However up on top of mount crumpit and inside the rubbish dump just outside Whoville lives a big green hairy and funny looking character called the Grinch who loathes Christmas and everything about it. His only friend is his little dog Max.

      Within the story of the film, it takes you back to when the Grinch was younger and explains why he hates Christmas so much.

      The Grinch decides to visit Whoville in disguise to cause a bit of trouble, and whilst at the post office in the mail room, whilst messing up all of the post, he meets a little girl called Cindy Lou Who, but instead of being frightened of him, she finds him very funny and these two unlikely characters develop a slight friendship.

      After he is made a fool of in Whosville after being invited to the Christmas celebrations, The Grinch decides to get revenge, he disguises himself as Santa Claus and steals all of the Christmas presents and decorations out of whosville.

      However, the Grinch learns a big lesson in the end that although he stole all the Christmas presents from Whosville, he did not take away their Christmas spirit.
      warm happens inside the Grinch and his heart grows three sizes bigger.

      My Opinion:

      I think this film is a fantastic Christmas movie, it is bright and colourful and the loveable characters are very funny looking with funny little turned up noses.

      The film is full of humor, both on an adult and child level. Jim Carrey brings the Grinch character to life, with his funny expressions and the way he talks.

      There is a very funny song which the Grinch sings too, 'Your a mean one Mr Grinch.' We all know the words off by heart in our house! (Yes we are a little loopy!)

      I would recommend this film for all ages, it appeals to both adults and children.

      This is my 5 year old daughter's favorite film of all time, she watches it all year round. It's a bit of a joke now. Whenever she has a sleepover at her grandparent's house, she takes a DVD and they beg her - Not the Grinch!! (That's because they have watched it hundreds of times)

      She even has a talking Grinch soft toy and the book from the film.

      The Cast:

      *Jim Carrey as The Grinch
      *Jeffrey Tambor as Mayor of Whoville
      *Christine Baranski as Martha May Who-vier
      *Molly Shannon as Betty Lou Who
      *Anthony Hopkins as Narrator
      *Josh Ryan Evans as 8 Year Old Grinch
      *Frankie Ray as Who
      *Jeremy Howard as Dru Lou-Who
      *Taylor Momsen as Little Cindy Lou-Who
      *Bill Irwin as Lou Lou Who
      *Clint Howard as Whobris
      *T. J. Thyne as Stu Lou Who
      *Lacey Kohl as Christina Whoterberry
      *Frank Welker as Max the Dog (voice)

      Duration:
      1 hour and 44 minutes (approx)

      The DVD Extra Features:

      There are lots of extras on this DVD, which are very good, especially how it shows behind the scenes, and my favourite is how they get the Grinche's smile so large!
      I also like how it tells the story of Max the dog, He was a rescue dog and he has fake ears!

      Extras:

      * Spotlight on location
      * Deleted scenes
      * Outtakes
      * Who school
      * Makeup application and design
      * Seussian set decoration
      * Faith Hill - Where are you Christmas music video
      * Wholiday recipes

      Cost:

      This DVD is £4.99 on Play.com and £12.99 on blu-ray both with free delivery.

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        29.09.2009 00:46
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        A daft but fun film

        note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

        The Grinch is based on the 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, and features Jim Carrey in the titular role, although it's quite fascinating how Carrey was paid millions for the role despite the fact that it's even difficult to notice that it's him at times. Some low-key comic actor could have been cast, although it's clear that given the film's $345m gross, that Carrey has quite some pulling power as a film star, and his large salary was put to good use no doubt.

        The film depicts the Whos of Whoville, who absolutely love Christmas, and are as usual, looking forward to the celebrations this year. However, the Grinch, who lives just outside of Whoville, absolutely despises it, and wants to ruin Christmas for everyone, after he was cast out as a pariah when he was younger for how he looked. His childhood sweetheart was Martha May Whovier (Christine Baranski), but presently she is pined after for by the Mayor of Whoville.

        Given how tawdry and ropey some of the adaptations of Dr. Seuss films have been (chiefly the awful The Cat in the Hat starring Mike Myers), this isn't amazing, but it's a solid bit of entertainment in large part thanks to Carrey's manic and frenzied lead performance. The film also won an Academy Award for its stellar make-up effects, effects which are so successful such that it's rather difficult to even realise that Carrey is beneath it.

        Carrey's usual charm carries this film above expected mediocrity and alas, it's actually quite a fun, and slightly moving film about acceptance for people who look different, and the spirit and magic of Christmas. Ron Howard's direction also helps keep things on an even keel.

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        13.12.2008 22:54

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        Good for Children and Funny.

        The Grinch is about a little monster and he hates Christmas. One day, he deceides to steal everything to do with Christmas in his town. This makes for a very entertaining story which can be understood by everyone so anyone can watch.

        The cast does a good job delivering the laughs but some people may be annoyed in certain scenes as some of them may get on their nerves. The script is very good and will have you laughing all the way through. The animation is ok with not much attention to detail. However, the film is very predictable and isn't very long. It seems to drag at the end so it cannot be watched more than a couple of times. It is still good to entertain children for a couple of hours. Some children may be scared by The Grinch, a little monster.

        The picture and sound quality of the DVD is ok. The single disc version contains no added extras. However, the two disc version has some good behind the scenes footage.

        The remake of the book is good with the story told very well. The message is also good and doesn't get in the way of the film.

        Overall, this is a entertaining film for children but the cast may get on some people's nerves as they are over the top sometimes.

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        01.12.2008 12:12
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        An entertaining Christmas movie for all the family to enjoy !!

        This has got to be my favourite Christmas movie EVER !! It's based loosely on the book "How the Grinch stole Christmas" by Dr Seuss and it's Jim Carrey as The Grinch which just makes it the fantastic film it is. It's great for all the family and for any age and my daughter and I have been watching this every Christmas for years since it was released !!
        As noted already, the male lead is The Grinch himself (played by Jim Carrey ) and the role of the young Who-ville inhabitant Cindy-Lou is played by Taylor Momsen and it is their relationship in this film that changes the lives of everyone including the Grinch himself. The story begins in Who-ville leading up to Christmas time and the inhabitants of Who-ville are busy buying, wrapping and sending presents like there's no tomorrow. However, on Who-ville resident Cindy Lou feels as though this is not what Christmas should be about, that it shouldn't be about 'things' and 'presents' and feasts but that's about spending time together in celebration. Of course those around her do not agree and go about their mad shopping sprees. Up on the mountain however lives The Grinch and we find out later in the film that ever seen he was a child and a bad experience at Christmas time, he has lived alone ( except for his dog Max who is just so sweet ) since this time and has vowed never to celebrate Christmas and because of this and his less-than-friendly ways his heart is small and The Grinch takes much joy in carrying out not-so-nice tasks so that his heart shrinks even more. The Grinch looks down on Who-Ville at this time and sees the same that he witnesses every year, too much presents, too much food, too much of everything and this only reinforces his promise to never celebrate Christmas again. However, one day at the post office, The Grinch turns up to cause mayhem for the Who's Christmas and this is where he meets Mary Lou for the first time. He presumes that she would be frightened of him, but this is not the case although she does fall into a mail-sorting type machine out of surprise and uncharacteristically The Grinch saves Mary Lou ( although when she thanks him for saving her he's horrified at the thought and wraps her up as a package !! LOL !! ) However, from this moment on Mary Lou does all she can to find out more about The Grinch and finds out about his past at Christmas time and vows to help him. Lots happens in Cindy Lou's aid to reintroduce The Grinch back into Who-ville society but things go from bad to worse and it isn't until The Grinch steals Christmas ( the food, the decorations, the presents, the Christmas trees etc ) from all the Who's houses that things change. Mary Lou realises what has happened and whilst the inhabitants of Who-Ville are in mourning for their lost Christmas she speaks to the village and explains that Christmas shouldn't be about 'things' it should be about being together and with the help of her father realise that what Mary Lou is saying is right. Of course The Grinch is gutted when he looks down at the town and sees them singing and rejoicing even though he has stolen their Christmas and he too realises at that moment the true meaning of Christmas and as a result his heart grows three sizes. During this time Mary Lou has sneaked away to visit The Grinch and she makes it up the mountain at the same time as the sleigh, with all the Who-ville Christmas goodies, begins to slip down the mountain. The Grinch in with his new enlarged heart sets out to try and save the sleigh but it seems to be slipping, but when he sees that Mary Lou is on the sleigh he pulls the stops out to save both Mary Lou and the sleigh and together they ride down to Who-ville on the sleigh with all the Who-ville goodies. The film ends with The Grinch holding a massive Christmas dinner up at his Mountain cave with all the Who-ville residents present.

        It's a touching and very entertaining film !!It's so funny and Jim Carrey brings the funny-factor to the film whilst Taylor Momsen as Mary Lou and Max the dog bring the "Awwwww" factor !! A great film for all the family but quite different to the book, although the essence of the story is still the same.

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          05.08.2008 21:36
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          overall a great movie, one for all the family

          This is a fantastic christmas Movie, and one i'd definetely recommend buying. This is probably my favourite Jim Carrey film, and I think he playes the part of the Grinch to perfection.

          This story is all about the grinch, a miserable green grinch, who hates people and christmas. He was teased as a child and as a result ended up living on a mountain, away from the town. Everyone in the town is made to be afraid of the grinch, until one little girl, decides to befriend him.

          This is a cute story and one that you will laugh and smile at throughout, it has a great ending and will really make you feel christmasy.

          I watch this every year, normally when im wrapping pressies, and i sit with my hot chocolate and the fire on, and this film never fails to make me smile. I cant recommend this enough, the acting is spot on, and film is interesting and great for all ages.
          A must have

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            One miserable creature plts to ruin Christmas forever for the town of Whoville

            Director: Ron Howard
            Actors: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Anthony Hopkins
            Cinema release date: 1st December 2000
            Genre: Children’s Fantasy/Comedy
            Classification: PG
            Run Time:1hr and 34mins
            DVD RRP: £14.99 Amazon: £4.97
            Availability: HMV, Virgin, WHSmith, Woolworths… you name it, they have got it

            What is it all about?
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            Based on the world-famous Dr Seuss children’s book, How the Grinch stole Christmas tells the story of a little magical town called Whoville which is home to the Who’s, an absurdly happy bunch of people.

            The Who’s adore Christmas and are busily getting ready for the holidays when the film opens. What they don’t know is the nasty Grinch, who despises Christmas, lives at the top of a mountain just outside Whoville, and is plotting evil ways of ruining their holiday.

            But the Grinch hadn’t counted on little Cindy Lou Who. Cindy, who is a little bit more reserved about Christmas than other Who’s takes it upon herself to try to convince him to join the festivities where the town has reluctantly agreed to present him with an award.

            Will the Grinch be turned? Will he live happily every after amongst the Who’s? Will he learn to love Christmas and the festive celebrations? Or will he reek havoc on the town that humiliated him when he was young in the name of revenge?

            Who is Ron Howard?
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            You would be hard pressed to not know who Ron Howard is, and not just because of his long-running stint as Richie Cunningham on Happy Days.
            Ron was introduced to the Hollywood world of film and tv when he was only 18 months old and has not been away from it since. Howard made a massive and difficult transition from fresh-faced child actor to adult director although he did continue acting for some time.

            Having spent two years at the University of Southern California in a film programme Howard got the chance to direct (and write) his first film, Grand Theft Auto in 1977. The film was a success and he hasn’t looked back since. With critically acclaimed films like Da Vinci Code, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13 and EDtv under his belt, Howard has understandably been ranked as number 27 on last year’s Premiere Power top 50 list.

            How was the story/script?
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            When you start with a story written by Dr Seuss, all you should need is pure imagination to make the script sparkle on screen. Well, you would think.

            Sadly, the writers of the film decided they could do better than the good Doctor and decided to elaborate on the classic story. In an effort to turn a small children’s storybook into a feature length film, they elected to delve into the Grinch’s background and history. Unfortunately, in doing so they have taken all the mystery out of him, leaving nothing to the imagination. Dr Seuss explained that his hatred for the holidays was due to his heart being two sizes to small and that is all we needed to know. To try to explain DR Seuss’s work is as impossible as it is to predict the winning lottery numbers.

            I was let down by the fact that the film seemed hell-bent on endearing the viewer to the miserable green creature, but if so, the point has been entirely missed. The Grinch is not supposed to be likeable –He hates Christmas for goodness sake!

            They added insult to injury when they decided to ‘update’ things a bit by giving The Grinch (wait for it) a love interest. This makes very little if any sense at all and has no place in this revised classic kids tale.

            How were the characters/Acting?
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            The acting, as you would imagine was completely over the top, as it should have been considering how over the top everything else is in the story.

            Jim Carrey, although not the first choice for the part was a natural choice as the Grinch. His ability to use his body and face for comedy is what makes him so watchable, hilarious and entertaining. Carrey’s performance was what saved this film although, his constant jumping about grew slightly exhausting by the end.

            Taylor Momsen, in her first starring role was a pleasure to watch. Unlike many young actresses, she didn’t ooze saccharine sweetness which puts you off your popcorn. Instead, she presented as a pretty thoughtful, bright little girl with more sense in her little finger than the entire town of Whoville put together. She of course has been steadily busy since How the Grinch Stole Christmas and I expect we will see her shine in front of the cameras again soon.

            Bill Irwin played Cindy Lou Who’s father and although he didn’t have too much opportunity to really take off, he was the only really likeable character in the film.

            Jeffery Tambor plays a convincing bumbling boob as mayor Agustus May Who and Christina Barnski looked right at home as the town tart (in a PG kids film kind of way)Martha May Who.

            Let me not forget the narration. Anthony Hopkins could lull me to sleep with the days football results and I would be happy. He was the perfect choice and with his gentle slow tone he was in marked contrast from the frenzy of activity of the rest of the film.

            How was the cinematography?
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            Considering this film cost $125 million to make, it should be remarkable in at least one way and it is. The elaborately, bright sugary sweet set was fantastic. The lavish detail of every aspect of the town of Whoville was outstanding, creating a real fairytale setting with a huge, giant Dr Seuss style dollop of weirdness thrown in for good measure. Nothing was in proportion – everything was oversized and appeared rounder, fluffier, twinklier, and more exaggerated

            The costumes, of which I am sure the majority of the films budget was spent on were equally well done. I am fairly confident that ‘s obscenely short skirt of Martha May Who didn’t actually twitch let alone move once. The costumes went a long way to recreating the silliness and nonsense of Dr Seuss. Stories.

            Did the Music Make you want to Shake your toosh?
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            It was clear that Ron Howard was keen to get away from the stereotypical Christmas themed music. As a father himself, I can only assume he has had to endure endless renditions of Deck the Halls over the years.

            Also, as nothing else about the film was typical, it would have been odd to go down the traditional route.

            In the end, a number of famous names were roped in to contribute to the soundtrack including a Christmas Rap performed by Busta Rhymes and Jim Carrey and a solo performance by Faith Hill. By far, the best contribution was Green Christmas performed by the wonderful and under-rated Canadian band, Barenaked Ladies.

            Final Thoughts…
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            This film was a flop in my house. I had high hopes for something witty and fresh from Ron Howard and was disappointed by the lack-lustre remake of an old favourite. This is a perfect example of the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

            Instead of celebrating the story’s originality it was mis-interpreted into an unrecognizable mess held together only by Jim Carrey’s distracting and physical comedy.

            I bet you didn’t know…
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            1. Anthony Hopkins recorded all the narration for the movie in one day.

            2. The prosthetic make-up Jim Carrey wore took 3 hours to apply. Carrey felt so horribly confined and uncomfortable in the latex skin he needed counseling from a Navy SEAL who taught him torture-resistance techniques.

            3. One morning, director Ron Howard came in at 3:30 to put on the Grinch suit with full make-up and directed the entire day with the suit on.

            4. All 250 jumpers featured in the film were hand-knitted by Seuss Cousins, an L.A. based sweater designer

            5. Director Ron Howard makes a cameo appearance as a startled Who in City square

            6. It was the top-selling movie of 2000, selling 50 million cinema tickets

            7. Both Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson were considered for the part of the Grinch before Jim Carrey was given the part.

            8. For a while, Tim Burton was considering to direct, but could not due to a conflict with another movie

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              Even good when its not Christmas

              First of all I must tell you that I bought The Grinch on e-bay for a great price of £5.50, including p&p and I have to say its well worth the money.

              The introduction to the DVD is brilliant as it is a clip from the movie, rather than the usual computer designs or cheap lay outs, which makes it unique among my personal collection.


              The MAIN MENU has all the usual, scene selection, bonus materials and languages. Nothing special there. HOLD ON, I just selected a picture of Max (Grinchs dog) and it has brought me into a new screen...there are 'Fun and Games' and 'Music Time'.


              In the FUN AND GAMES there is a game called 'rhyme time' where it shows various rhymes from the movie/book and you choose the correct missing words (not very exciting for adults but children would definitely appreciate it).


              Next in line is a read along called "THE CARE AND FEEDING OF A GRINCH". In this you or your kids can read certain stories from Max's point of view or even get him to read them to you, again i think any child would find this great.

              I just clicked on a big '?' in the fun and games section and it's a tutorial on how to use the remote to navigate through the DVD. It was funny when I first came across it but now that I think of it, it's an excellent idea to help younger people to get used to using the DVD by themselves.

              The last game is called "Dress the Grinch", I don't think I need say anymore. It gives a list of clothing such as 'doctor', 'tuxedo' and 'Santa' etc and all you do is click on each word and he's dressed, not overly fun yet I'm still doing it.

              Back to the main fun and games menu there is a link called 'Music Time' and you can view the Faith Hill video soundtrack for the Grinch which is a great extra I think, the song is very nice. This lassy out of Faith Hill has got old looking though, but that's not for here. 2 more songs are available but they just bring you to the scene of the movie where they were sung, nothing new. The 3 songs are "Where are you Christmas" by Faith Hill, "You're a mean one Mr Grinch" and "Where are you Christmas" (both movie songs).

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              Spotlight on location: Interesting documentary on the movie set and how it was all created and where.

              Deleted Scenes: 5 very good scenes cut from the movie, couldn't believe they cut one of them out as it was hilarious.

              Outtakes: Jim Carrey making a fool of himself and the other actors, more for the adults rather than the kids of the house.

              Who School: How they created the 'Whos' of Whoville

              Makeup application and design: Pretty much what it says, my personal favorite of the extras as it shows all the hard work put into all the prosthetics etc.

              Seussian Set Decoration: Basically shows how the producers and director wanted to stay true to the book and make the set as close to his imagination as possible.

              Visual Effects: Not my favorite, just more computer graphics blah blah blah, lets move on...

              Music Video: Faith Hill: I guess they wanted this extra in twice to make sure it was seen.

              DVS: DO NOT GO INTO THIS - its legal mumbo jumbo and it will take you minutes getting out of it as the voice over makes things slower to load. Be warned!

              Wholiday Recipes: A recipe for an onion wreath but doesn't sound too tasty.

              By The Numbers: Great section where you can view the amount of props used, number of ornaments etc, all staggering numbers. Really shows the detail put into the movie.

              Theatrical Trailer: The promotional clip of the movie that was released to advertise it.

              The Grinchs Special Offer: An advert for Universal Studios Hollywood, you could do without seeing this, boring.

              The remaining extras are not very interesting; they usually put these ones last for a reason. They include: Production Notes, Cast and Filmmakers, Recommendations, DVD-ROM materials, GRINCH game trailer and a DVD newsletter.


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              I have to say this is a brilliant DVD and well worth going out and getting for this Christmas. The sets, props and costumes really get you into the Christmas mood and I think any child would love it for a prezzy.
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                the grinch is a movie from the year 2000 which is now out on video and DVD. the rating is a pg (parent guidence) it is a movie about a small town called whoville who get their christmas stolen by the big green hairy grinch. it's similar to george of the jungle with the narrator and this is even funnier on some of the scenes! this is well worth the money that you would pay and you could watch it over and over again and you still won't be bored. the grinch is a great film.

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                  Humbuggered if you'll get me up in one of those things ... Boo, hiss, bad deal. It's that bloody time of year once again, the Cool Yule, good will to all men, and all that jazz. I've never exactly been over enamoured with the commercial dosh fest which Xmas has become this last couple of decades. The spirit has long gone to be replaced by crap TV and a bunch of presents you neither want nor need. In many ways, Mr Big Green and Hairy has got it exactly right ... I HATE CHRISTMAS!! The Grinch who stole Christmas ... bizarre film on a bizarre story by Dr Seuss (he of the cat in the hat fame) featuring Jim Carrey in a pretty orthodox (for him at any rate) role as a latter day Scrooge with large feet and hairy fingers ... eye candy and noise everywhere ... larger than life rhyming love of life and grisly grimness ... A slim little tale ... a thousand times told ... A Christmas Carol revisited with the nasty old hermit estranged and rejected but recovering his warmth and humanity(!) ... YEUCHHHHH!!! Don't take it serious, don't take it serious ... SO TOUGH!!! Okay, what's it about? The Grinch is a very unjolly green giant for whom family warmth and happiness are a loathsome thing ... he lives up in the mountain overlooking the land of Whoville peopled by funny looking creatures called Who's ... as a child(!) he was rejected and mocked by his fellows and split the scene in favour of solitude and yearning his revenge ... Christmas comes but once a year and you mustn't provoke the ire of the man who hates Christmas, but some do, so he's down to check it out ... the sweet little Cindy Lou pities him and seeks to know what happened ... cue a change of heart and revelations... What's it like? It's amazing ... totally mind blowingly amazing, but not particularly stretching or challenging ... it's a riotous explosion of noise and colour and absurd Yu
                  letide Fun ... it's intended for kiddies and drunken adults. What's Carrey like? Well, he's as mad and edgy and out there as usual and despite the bizarre costume it's unmistakably him, parodying and deprecating himself with a wicked glance and sneer, with the caricature and masks just inflating his normal persona ... he revels in this madness and dominates matters totally, despite the less than attractive transformed facials of everyone else on show here ... Jim Carrey was made to play the Grinch, and really it's just a gross extension of Ace Ventura, The Mask, The Riddler and all the rest ... as always, he's an acquired taste, but if you like the idea of the Ginch then you'll adore Carrey. Should I watch it? Well, yes and no ... yes you should, but no you might not like it ... suspend your disbelief and watch with the kids, gorge yourself on popcorn and dig the Grinch eating onions and rubbing them under his pits ... love a heartwarming dog with reindeer antlers and a Rudolph nose ... adore the gorgeous kid lead ... pity the wearers of make up and knock yourself out. The Grinch is very shallow fare. It's enthusiastically good humoured and totally sickening ... a huge belly laugh and fart joke and a must if you like big green guys with flat noses and an unbelievable quiff ... I like it, love it, hate it, adore it, pity it ... it will certainly get you in a party mood and have you dribbling earnestly for Christmas. I can't say that I'd recommend it or even want to watch it again, but it is worth checking out if there's nothing else on, even if it's not worth visiting a cinema to see. Still, I like his style...

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