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Jim Carrey IS the Grinch!,
By A Customer
This review is from: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Interactive Playset & Full Screen DVD) (DVD)
It's no wonder that "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" ended up being the number one, top-box office money-maker of the year 2000. Jim Carrey IS the Grinch! His portrayal is obviously based on not only the book and the 1966 animated special, but also the other Grinches as seen in Dr. Seuss' "Grinch Night" and "The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat" .... His facial expressions and mannerisms are perfect (and approved by Seuss' widow- a real Grinch lover herself)! It’s amazing to see him do that famous Grinch smile that seems to go on forever! Jim manages to speak clearly and sound like a Grinch, even with those huge prosthetic teeth, (which as he told Rosie O’Donald, force you to talk as he did in the movie). And to be as flexible as he ever was, even in that suit! In fact, he's actually rather cute! The film is funny both for kids and adults since it has a variety of humor to appeal to all ages. My 7 year old and her 60 year old Grandpa loved it as much as I did and I’m 33, making this a rare film that can be enjoyed by all generations. The whole production is amazing; sets are right out of a typical Seuss book, like “The Troubles I Had in Getting To Solla Sollew” or Whoville as seen in “Horton Hears a Who”. Lots of details (like the 1950’s style refrigerator from the original book), make it all the more spectacular, yet, they still managed to make it feel some how modern, too. Cindy Lou Who is adorable and the new characters work well. The story is fantastic as we finally find out WHY the Grinch hates Christmas. The last part of the movie is right out of the book and cartoon but with a few of it’s own inflections. And I LOVED the new version of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” much more than I ever loved the version from the animation. Anybody who tells you Ron Howard was off the mark or that Jim wasn’t good simply doesn’t know Grinch! I’m a Grinch fanatic and a Seuss fanatic and I can tell you that every bit of this film was researched and designed incredibly well. In “Horton”, Whoville was inside of a speck of dust. In this film, it’s in a snowflake- perfect! I can't wait to finally own this one!