Festive Film Review: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

I know it’s not Christmas, and we have a lovely nine months to wait until Christmas 2014, but The Grinch is a film that I think you can enjoy at any time of the year. Based on the 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss, this 2000 film is a very rare film, in that it is a Christmas film which is actually very funny.

In the town of Whoville on a snowflake, the Whos live a face-paced life and every Christmas become literally wrapped up in present-giving and decorations. However, young Cindy Lou (Gossip Girls Taylor Momsen in her first role aged 6) feels that the true meaning of Christmas has been lost amongst the glitz and the materialism. Cindy attempts to discover the true meaning of Christmas, and starts by trying to discover why the Grinch, who lives with his dog Max on a mountain above Whoville, is outcast from their society.

Starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch, this is a Christmas comedy full of slapstick and tongue-in-cheek humour. This film is typically ‘Jim Carrey’ and has his mark all over it, from his constant jumping around to his witty one-liners With Carrey’s style of humour and movements throughout, it is hard to imagine anyone else in the role; he is perfect as the mean and cynical Grinch who is disenchanted with the Christmas season, whilst everyone else is obsessed with it.

Jim Carrey is a well-known comic actor, but this film also has an excellent supporting cast, including Jeffrey Tambor as the arrogant mayor of Whoville, and the acclaimed Broadway star Bill Irwin as Cindy’s father Lou Lou Who.

The set design of The Grinch is equally fantastic to watch on screen. Whoville is full of brilliant costumes and colours. The Whos, noted for their large front teeth and distinct noses, wear a collection of bright outfits and fancy hair styles. This look makes the film undated, even 13 years after its release.

The Grinch is perfect family film as it has plenty of laughs for the children and the adults too. It also has a heart-warming message of love and friendship to end on, and shows how prevalent they are at Christmas time. The Grinch managed to portray this message without being too cheesy, which some Christmas films can become. It is defiantly one of the funniest films you will find, and can be enjoyed at any time of the year. I would encourage everyone to seek it out.

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About writingsuzanne

History graduate. Freelance writer and reviewer. Passionate about film, theatre and music (film soundtracks!).
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