A local organization put on a free screening of this film at the theatre where I volunteer, so I got to see it. I was working through a part of the film, but I have seen it enough times that I am confident enough in my ability to review it.
I'm not sure if this film holds up as well as I thought it did. The CGI is quite iffy in quality in parts, and Jim Carrey is obviously overacting. Yet, it is still undeniably funny, and it expands on a truly classic Christmas story while keeping its own. I also love a lot of the meta-humor in the film, like the breaking of the fourth wall and the jokes about rhyme. The film does a good job of trying to add more character development for the Grinch, more often than not succeeding, but at times, the plot does get a little bit silly. The cinematographer also did some cool things with the camera, like a graphic match using a spinning camera. So I would have to say, there are some really good elements, but some elements that aren't so good, too.
Overall, "Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is an enjoyable Christmas film, but it is nowhere near as good as the original. There are elements to praise, but also elements to be disappointed in. Yet, it is something worth watching in the Holiday season.
Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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