Review Date: November 15, 2000
Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman
Producers: Ron Howard and Brian Grazer
Jim Carrey as The Grinch
Taylor Momsen as Little Cindy Lou-Who
Anthony Hopkins as The Narrator
Mind you, it would've been nice to see more special effects added to the film, to give it that extra level of fantasy. Any-who, don't let me completely discourage you here because some of the elements in this film did work. I liked the way that the whole thing was shot, much like a cartoon, big and bulky and shiny and happy. I also loved the girl who played Little Cindy Lou-Who, she was absolutely adorable! And the narration was another highlight, hearing Anthony Hopkins deliver many of those classic lines felt just right. But overall, the film seemed to be produced for a new generation of Grinch fans. Children whose parents have stacked wallets to purchase mucho Grinch products! And that is something I certainly won't dispute...kids should really dig this flick! I don't generally compare remakes to their originals, as I feel that every film should be critiqued based on their own merits, but sadly I could not help but draw comparison here, seeing as this was based on one of my personal favorite childhood memories. Sigh. But even without those memories, this film simply didn't do enough to win me over. If you like Carrey's Grinch character in this film, with all of his one-liners, his exaggerated facial expressions et al, you will probably enjoy this movie for what it is. A frivolous sock-hop at the movie house. For me, the Grinch will always be that quiet, misunderstood green dude at the top of that mountain. The guy with a mysterious past, an uncertain future and a knack for meanness. Grinchy-poo, you used to be a mean one...now you're just a goof. Sigh. Cha-chink.