Analysis Of Jim Carry';S Dr. Seuss' How The Girinch Stole Christmas Film

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The beginning of December brings happiness and holiday cheer. At my house it signals baking cookies and wrapping presents, along with putting up and decorating the towering ten foot tall Christmas tree. Classic holiday films play on television such as the 2000 remake of Dr. Seuss’ classic book How the Grinch Stole Christmas. As a child, I waited, giddy with excitement, at the theatre just to see the debut. Looking back, I was probably as thrilled for the movie as for Christmas itself. Because I fell in love with the story, this movie is a favorite choice during the month of December at my house. Jim Carrey and Taylor Momsen give their characters meaning and significance in multiple ways and the use of sound, music, and visual elements are also critical to the movie.
Ever since the Grinch, Jim Carrey, was little, he struggled to fit in with the Whos in Whoville. His unusual personality and green, hairy body worked against him. Now an adult who lives up on Mount Crumpit, the Grinch has become more like a myth. The townspeople treat him as if he was the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot whenever he goes out in public. Furthermore, his attitude doesn't help. The Grinch is purposefully a troublemaker who seems to hate everything and everyone. In Jim Carrey, the Grinch comes to life with energy and vivid role playing. Ron Howard's goal was to get as many of Carey's jokes and tricks on screen as possible while sticking to the main story. They introduce several sub-plots such as little Cindy Lou Who's, Taylor Momsen, constant inquiring about the Grinch. Cindy Lou, the heroine of the film, is a smart seven-year-old whose only wish is that those around her would realize the true meaning of Christmas. Momsen is adorable as the free spirited and courageous young girl. She evolves into her character, giving Cindy Lou a strong personality. The viewers are drawn to Cindy Lou and the Grinch and their evolving relationship. Momsen’s portrayal of innocence paired with Carrey’s devious tricks excite the viewers proving the two were the perfect fit for their roles.
Another element that enhances the film is the use of sound and music. The town of Whoville is joyously preparing for the coming of Christmas. The opening scene is full of noise and excitement with the townspeople hustling and bustling about shopping for gifts. Cheerful Christmas music plays in the background while the countdown until Christmas Day is...

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