So, I’m halfway through. All this goodwill could turn lesser Ushers into a grumpy person who hates Christmas. Speaking of which…
And today it’s…
27th November, Day 28
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Ron Howard, 2000)
The Whos of Whoville all love to celebrate Christmas – all apart from The Grinch (Jim Carrey), who hates it with a passion. He almost dislikes it as much as he dislikes the people of Whoville, his only pleasure coming from tormenting and playing tricks on them. They reciprocate his ill feelings, and he lives as a recluse on Mount Crumpit. That is until he meets young Cindy Lou (Taylor Momsen), who believes in the “true meaning” of Christmas. She persuades the Mayor of Whoville (Jeffrey Tambor) to invite the Grinch to the Whobilation – The Who Celebration – which he reluctantly accepts with the promise of a gift.
The Mayor’s present reminds the Grinch of his unhappy childhood (the Mayor had teased him as a kid) and he goes in a tirade against the Whovillians and Christmas. When he sees that this hasn’t made a difference, he sets out to steal all the Christmas presents – which through people of Whoville value more than Christmas itself – and ruin Christmas. Will he go a head? Will Cindy Lou be able to change his mind? And will the Whos of Whoville remember the real meaning of Christmas?
I’ve always felt this film was a mess. There’s just a bit too much going on, obviously caused by the fact that the story it is based on is relatively short.
Adding the Grinch’s backstory makes the film a bit too padded, but in turn it makes Whoville feel like a bigger, more real place (as ridiculous as that sounds). Jim Carrey does better than Mike Myers when it comes to bringing a Dr Seuss character to the big screen under layers of prosthetics, but it’s not totally a home run. Still, I think they are playing for second place to Danny DeVito’s Lorax.
Anyway, Jeffrey Tambor automatically makes any film better.
Overall, I give this
Whoa, we’re halfway there, whoa, Jim Carrey with green hair. Tomorrow it’s time to cheer up with the horror BLACK CHRISTMAS!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
PS Here’s my list so far
31st October, Day 1: The Nightmare Before Christmas
1st November, Day 2: Rocky IV
2nd November, Day 3: Edward Scissorhands
3rd November, Day 4: Trading Places
4th November, Day 5: Batman Returns
5th November, Day 6: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
6th November, Day 7: Gremlins
7th November, Day 8: Eyes Wide Shut
8th November, Day 9: Love Actually
9th November, Day 10: Lethal Weapon
10th November, Day 11: Die Hard / Die Hard 2
11th November, Day 12: About A Boy
12th November, Day 13: Trapped In Paradise
13th November, Day 14: Reindeer Games
14th November, Day 15: Joyeux Noel
15th November, Day 16: Nativity / Nativity 2 / Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?
16th November, Day 17: Jack Frost
17th November, Day 18: Jack Frost
18th November, Day 19: Arthur Christmas
19th November, Day 20: The Santa Clause / The Santa Clause 2 / The Santa Clause 3
20th November, Day 21: Miracle On 34th Street
21st November, Day 22: Miracle On 34th Street
22nd November, Day 23: Scrooged
23rd November, Day 24: Scrooge
24th November, Day 25: The Muppet’s Christmas Carol
25th November, Day 26: Elf
26th November, Day 27: Home Alone / Home Alone 2
27th November, Day 28: The Grinch