Sunday, December 11, 2011

My Top 25 Christmas Movies List: #15 The Grinch

The Grinch (2000)

    This film is based on the 1966 animated TV special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", that itself is based on Dr. Seuss' children's book of the same name.

    Whoville, a town so tiny that it exists on a single snowflake, is where the Whos live. The Whos are a joyous, happy people that love celebrating Christmas. But with all the hustle and bustle in the town, one little Who, Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen), has lost her Christmas spirit. She hears her brother and friends talking about the Grinch that lives up on Mount Crumpit and how he despises Christmas.

    One day while in the post office with her father, the town's mailman, she has a run in with the Grinch (Jim Carrey). He is there to cause chaos in the mail room and accidentally scares Cindy Lou, causing her to fall into the sorting machine. He then rescues the little girl and she is grateful.

   After this event, Cindy Lou becomes curious about the Grinch and begins asking the people of the town about this mysterious green creature. They tell her all about his sad childhood and she begins to feel sorry for the Grinch.

   As the Whos begin planning their great Whobilation, Cindy Lou comes up with an idea. She nominates the Grinch for Cheer Meister but first she must get him to come down from the mountain and accept the award. So she climbs to the top of Mt. Crumpit and convinces the Grinch to join in the celebration.

   Thanks to Cindy Lou Who, the Grinch is finally getting into the Christmas spirit and attends the Whobilation, only to be publicly ridiculed by his childhood nemesis, Augustus, who is now the Mayor of Whoville. The Grinch resorts to his old ways, wreaking havoc on the celebration and even manages to burn down their Christmas tree. He then returns to Mt. Crumpit.

   But once he is back home, the Grinch hatches an evil plan. He will retaliate by stealing their Christmas. He dresses up as Santa Claus and sneaks down to Whoville in the middle of the night and takes every gift, every ornament, every piece of tinsel and even every piece of holiday food, right down to the last morsel. He takes it all, then loads it up on his sleigh and he and his dog Max (disguised as a reindeer) climb back up the mountain to drop it all over the edge.

  The Whos wake up, distraught over the burglaries, and the Mayor places the blame on Cindy Lou since she invited the Grinch into their town and lives. But her father defends her and says that he is proud of his daughter's kindness to the Grinch. He declares that Christmas is not about material possessions but about spending time with family and friends. The Grinch may have taken their gifts and decorations but they still have their Christmas spirit. The rest of the Whos agree and begin singing in unison, while Cindy Lou sneaks away to visit the Grinch.
   The Grinch, standing upon his mountain, anxiously waiting to hear the sound of crying Whos, is surprised when he hears joyous singing instead. Touched by this sight and sound, his heart grows three times its size. The Grinch, along with Cindy Lou Who and Max descend the mountain to return the gifts and everything else back to the Whos. He apologizes for his bad deeds and they forgive him. He is welcomed by the Whos and even given the privilege of carving the Roast Beast for the town's feast.

    If like me, you've always loved watching the animated TV special, then this is a cute addition to that. It gives a little more of a back story into both the lives of the Grinch and the Town of Whoville. I'd recommend watching them both this holiday season.



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