Christmas in July – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)


This post is part of the annual Christmas in July Blogathon being held over at Drew’s Movie Reviews.

Here’s the link to the original post.

Tnx Drew!

“The nerve of those Whos. Inviting me down there – on such short notice! Even if I wanted to go my schedule wouldn’t allow it. 4:00, wallow in self pity; 4:30, stare into the abyss; 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one; 5:30, jazzercize; 6:30, dinner with me – I can’t cancel that again; 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing… I’m booked. Of course, if I bump the loathing to 9, I could still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear? ” – The Grinch

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – An outcast from Whoville who lives in a cave away from town tries to make the town miss Christmas by stealing all of the presents and decorations.

My Take on it – When Drew announced that he would once again be doing a Christmas in July Blogathon, I immediately signed up since it always gives me an excuse to try and find a Christmas film to watch that I had never seen before.

This year I chose this film because, I have been putting off watching this movie for two decades and I figured that it was about time to check it out.

As a kid, I read the book by Dr. Seuss numerous times and even saw the animated version that would be shown on TV every year.

This unfortunately is quite an ineffective adaptation of the story and doesn’t work at all.

They try far too hard to try and give this movie a more emotional meaning to the events that take place, yet in the end it doesn’t allow the story to flow at all.

This, in part, is due to the excessive amount of exposition added here that wasn’t part of the original version and makes the story unbearable to watch.

Jim Carrey is truly the best part of this film and it is easy to see that he was born to play this character.

When he is in his make-up, he is transformed into the character.

There is no question in my mind that they were quite deserving of winning an Oscar for Make-up for the work done here because it is so genuine and realistic looking.

The story has a great message about Christmas and about family time, but it all seems bogged down by the attempt to create a strange new world for the character to inhabit.

Ultimately tho, the world they envisioned feels far too creepy for its own good.

I suggest that if one wants to see this story done right, read the book or watch the animated special from the 60’s.

Bottom Line – Pretty ineffective adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss book. This film tries too hard to give a more emotional meaning to everything that transpires but in the end it takes away from the flow of the story because there is far too much exposition than is needed to make this story work.  The best part of this film is Carrey who seems truly born to play this character. The makeup he uses helps transform him into this notable Christmas grouch. They definitely deserved their Oscar for Makeup because it looks so much more genuine than one might expect. The story’s message about Christmas is somewhat lost in the overbearing attempt to create a strange new world for these characters to inhabit.  Stick to the original book or the TV special from the 60’s.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene where the Grinch is directing his dog, Max (Kelley), before stealing Christmas, is Jim Carrey making fun of producer and director Ron Howard, imitating his style of directing. Howard found the scene hilarious, and decided to include it in this movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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