(Okay, this is more a rant than anything else; you’ve been duly warned.)
This movie is a live action remake of the wonderful classic 1966 TV Christmas animated special narrated/sung by the inimitable Boris Karloff. It was directed by Ron Howard (who should have known better) with Jim Carrey (who doesn’t know much about anything) as the Grinch.
(Told you it’s a rant)
For those who may have missed it, here’s the trailer:
I really shouldn’t have watched this movie, period. For one, I dislike Jim Carrey as an actor, and have a pretty low opinion of him as a person. For another, I have loved the Boris Karloff version pretty much since birth.
However, I have been having a rough time for months, what with one thing and another :coughelectiondaycough: and over the holidays I caved and watched it, hoping it would at least somewhat resemble the original, and thus lift my spirits a bit.
The animated special was perhaps 25 minutes long, and close to the source material.
This tripe was over four times as long. How was this accomplished, you ask? By inventing a backstory for the Grinch, adding a ‘star crossed lovers’ storyline, and long sequences of ‘action’ in which nothing actually happens.
I really should have known better. Not for nothing my most enduring memory of anything Jim Carrey has done is a clip where he talks with his butt. This is really not much better than that.
If you have ever seen the original animated version, do yourself a favor and avoid this abomination like the plague.
If you have NOT seen the original version, you really should pay attention to listings for it during the next holiday season, and give yourself the gift of watching it, by yourself or with family. And do yourself a favor: stay away from this steaming pile of shit. Watching it might put you off looking out for the original.
(What can I say? At least, it’s a short rant)