He puts the mean in green.
MPAA Rating: PG
IMDB Rating: 5.7 / 10
Release Date: 11/17/2000
Length: 104 min
Director: Ron Howard
Dr. Seuss Jeffrey Price and 1 more credit
comedy, family, fantasy
Dr. Suess' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, often referred to
simply as The Grinch, is a 2000 movie adapted from the beloved
children's book from Dr. Suess.
The story evolves around the titular character, who is a large
green creature with anger issues stemming from childhood, or a
heart two sizes too small, or perhaps it is even because his shoes
are too tight. Hurt at a young age, he lives in a cave on snowy
Mount Crumpit with his faithful dog and only friend Max. From here
he curses the happy, button-nosed Whos down in Whoville below. When
Christmas comes around, he decides to dress as Santa Claus and
steal their presents and thus prevent Christmas from coming. The
graceful Cindy Lou Who attempts to charm him into joining the
joyous festivities instead.
The classic book's rhyming narration is transferred into the live
action adaptation, with necessary additions, and they did well to
stick as close to the source material as possible. After all, who
could describe better the actions of the sneaky thief than Suess
himself; "Then he slithered and slunk, with a smile most
unpleasant, Around the whole room, and he took every present! Pop
guns! And bicycles! Roller skates! Drums! Checkerboards! Tricycles!
Popcorn! And plums!"
The film is also based on the 1966 animated special, which was a
great first effort at the text, with narration by Boris Karloff and
the first image of the Grinch as a sickly green creature. But in
this live action take Jim Carrey is in top extroverted form,
convincing the most sceptical of his loud comedy. He performs
vocally too, with a reptilian version of "You're a Mean One Mr.
Grinch", which fits nicely over his transformation from withdrawn
spitfire into fully-functioning evil Santa. Also noticeable is
Anthony Hopkins, who provides the narration. It is an eloquently
fine vocal performance, which he apparently provided in a single
The film has a balanced mix of child-friendly slapstick and
adult-friendly gags and references, and of course has the
heart-warming finale. None are moreso than the wonderful part where
the Grinch's heart grows three sizes always makes me choke back a
happy tear. Or the wild ski down Mount Crumpet. Or even "The
Grinch, he himself, carved the roast beast." There are too many to
mention in this fine adaptation of an unforgettable classic.
Jim Carrey's heavy-duty make-up took three hours each morning and
he found it unbearably confining. So much so that he received
counselling from a Navy Seal on torture-resistance techniques to
cope with the hindering prosthetics.