How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my favourite Christmas films and an absolute timeless classic.
Jim Carrey’s portrayal of the Grinch is outstanding and oftentimes hard to believe it isn’t computer animated. Everything from the faces he pulls and the way he moves his body, to how he perfects his menacing laugh is nothing short of exceptional acting. You just couldn’t imagine anyone else fulfilling the role – it was made for him.
The dedication to the part is evident in the amount of time it took to bring the character to life — Carrey spent over two hours in the makeup chair each morning, for 92 days of shooting, to become the green icon.
One of the most notable scenes is when the Grinch reads off his schedule, that is very relatable throughout these current times, including: wallowing in self-pity, staring into the abyss, jazzercise, dinner with me, and wrestling with my self-loathing. As I get older, I find that I empathise more and more with him, and realise that he didn’t hate Christmas… the issue was with the people.
The now 20-year-old legendary film has themes of friendship, love, kindness, loneliness, bullying, and forgiveness, which are staples during the festive period. They’re everything you’d expect to see from a Christmas movie, but the way it’s executed so comically is what makes it so enjoyable.
There are also some hidden innuendos to keep the older generation entertained, which you maybe don’t recognise until you’re an adult. And man’s best friend, Max, is a star in his own right; loyal to a fault and loving the Grinch before anyone else.
Overall, it’s a film that will be enjoyed by all ages for years to come and brings joy and good tidings to every household over the holidays.
Image: Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment
Words by Erin Memmott.