Christmas-time is like no other time of the year. The catchy carols, the breathtaking decorations and the cheerful spirit — how could anyone not love the Christmas season?
The best part of all is the classic Christmas movies. I love The Year Without a Santa Claus and the other claymation films, but the movie that tops my list and thrills me like no other is How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey.
Very few Christmas films get me as excited as How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It is hilarious in every moment, a very creative adaptation and brilliantly shot by Ron Howard. Let’s break it down further to explore why How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the best Christmas film.
This is obviously my favorite part about the whole film. As a kid, a lot of it went over my head, so I thoroughly enjoy watching it now and picking up on all the smart, sassy humor. Of all the moments, when the Grinch goes through his schedule to say why he can’t attend the Whobilation is the greatest. “4:00, wallow in self pity. 4:30, stare into the abyss. 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one. 5:30, jazzercise. 6:30, dinner with me. I can’t cancel that again. 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing. I’m booked.” Plus, who can keep a straight face when the Grinch goes through the Whoville phone book and expresses his hate for every citizen: “Loathe entirely!” Who doesn’t laugh out loud when the cave’s echo answers the Grinch back with “You’re an idiot!” It’s hilarious every time. And it’s not only the Grinch who is hilarious. Cindy Lou Who writes “Dear Santa, I’m not sure what to ask for Christmas this year.” So much angst.
Jim Carrey’s eccentricities make him the perfect Grinch
It’s the, the, the, the Grinch! No one could have played the Grinch like Carrey. It’s what makes him such a distinct comedic character: his delivery of the lines, his overzealous gestures, his physicality and his quirky expressions. The script is funny by itself, but it’s nothing without Carrey’s crazy interpretation.
Christine Baranski as Martha May Whovier
“Betty, hiiiiiiii!” Next to Carrey’s starring comedic role, Baranski is the best comedic performer in the film. She perfected the flirty, airy voice, the seductive aura and sassy expressions. This film would be nothing without her. I seriously just love her so much.
I’m a dog-lover, so I’m a fan anytime a film has a cute, trained dog. He immediately captured my heart and kept it all the way through the film. From being dressed up as Rudolph to dancing to Christmas music, Max is simply the cutest.
Production values are outstanding
Carrey’s Grinch costume is so realistic. It’s hard to remember there’s a human underneath the green exterior. Beyond that, each Who in Whoville has such outlandish hair, hair accessories and costumes. Between Lou Lou Who’s entire punch bowl of eggnog on his hat and all the crazy braided hair constructions for the other Whos, it’s fantastical and perfect. The Whoville and Mount Crumpit sets are imaginative adaptations from the book, especially with the use of trash in the Grinch’s lair.
I love Christmas movies overall, but for these reasons, How the Grinch Stole Christmas tops them all.