The Grinch or “How The Grinch stole Christmas” as it’s officially titled, is a big screen adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ extremely successful children’s book. In 1966 there was a feature length animated film of How the Grinch stole Christmas, which starred Boris Karloff, who will always be remembered as the original Frankenstein. Jim Carrey stars in this version which is directed by Ron Howard, who has also directed Apollo 13 & The Da Vinci Code.
The town of Who Ville is populated by people who are absolutely fascinated about Christmas and countdown on a day-by-day basis to reach that precious day each year. However there was one member of Who Ville that hated Christmas and the whole concept of the tree, presents and happiness. The Grinch lives on the outskirts of Who Ville, and avoids the town, leaving the people with the spirit of Christmas which he loathes. So when a young girl visits him in order to convince him of the joys of Christmas, he is extremely reluctant at first. The youngsters’ cute charms convince him to give Christmas a try, this results in disaster and humiliation the likes of which he isn’t capable of tolerating. Therefore decides to “punish” Who Ville by stealing everything Christmas related and ruining Christmas for all of the towns people, including the Mayor.
Jim Carey is perfect for this role and really gives the film the boost it needs with his eccentric style of comedy. The story is heart-warming but at 104 minutes seems a little dragged out, especially if it’s only reliance is Jim Carrey. Having said that, without him the film would have plummeted to it’s death; nobody else could have portrayed The Grinch as brilliantly.