The Grinch’s return

As Christmas rolls around and Christmas lights start to go up, there are a few Christmas traditions that last forever. Whether its the dinner or presents in the morning; no one can deny the thrill of watching holiday movies. One of the most renown and popular is How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

In the original film, the plot is about a grumpy creature known as the Grinch and his dog Max. The two try crush the kids in the nearby town: Whoville. Their plan is going well until they meet a sweet girl named Sidney Lou Who. She tries to show the Grinch how special Christmas is and persuade the town and Grinch to get along.

The hit film from 2000, How the Grinch Stole Christmas was reincarnated once again this year. The Christmas favorite featuring Jim Carrey playing the role as the evil, Grinch, is one of the highest grossing films of all time.

Just last weekend, I ventured to Western Hills Cinemas to determine whether the new version directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier would compare to Howard’s from 2000. I have to say, the movie was not as good as I expected, but there were a few bright parts to the movie.

The movie is animated so all the characters have voice actors who speak for them. The Grinch, narrated by Pharrell Williams, had a great entourage of theme music. Danny Elfman did a great job of incorporating modern styles of Christmas music into the film. Tyler the Creator, an internet superstar, recorded some new beats that were featured for the first time in the film.

The music was definitely a positive aspect of the movie, but I really thought the Jim Carrey version was more entertaining. The characters in the 2000 version were more developed and funny. The hit soundtrack to the 2000 version contain some of the most famous Christmas melodies. Some of the top artists that were featured were Busta Rhymes and Barenaked Ladies.

One of the most intriguing parts to the new film was the incorporation of religion. Quite often they would mention Satan and other religious Christmas songs. In the older film, there was not any reference to religious groups.

Another main difference is how the 2018 film went straight into the story of the Grinch planning his Christmas plot. In the older movie, there was more of a backstory and prelude to the Grinch stealing Christmas.

Even the Grinch himself changed in the movie. In the newer one, he is more friendly to his dog, Max. He loves Max in both movies, but in the older one he is more of a brute to Max. He is portrayed as a fat, lazy creature in the 2000 version and in the newer version he is not as repulsive as the older one.

Certain sources like Rotten Tomatoes says that only 58% of the people who saw it, enjoyed it. No disrespect, but I am going to be in the opposite 42% who did not enjoy the film. I think I had too high of expectations going into the film. Simply, I think that most people can agree that the Jim Carrey edition is better.