2¢ Christmas

Elf and The Grinch

Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) discovers that he’s actually human and travels from the North Pole to New York City to track down his birth father, bringing along some much needed Christmas spirit along with him.
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Buddy

One of the best Christmas movies EVER! And one of the only family friendly movies Will Ferrell has EVER made! This father/son centric story is funny and heartwarming in all the right places. I also really enjoy the romantic sparks between Buddy and Jovie.

Director John Favreau definitely accomplished what he set out to do: Make a classic holiday film.

The familiar story about a Grinch whose heart is three sizes too small, who by stealing all the presents, ends up reminding the Whos what Christmas is really about.

“The nerve of those Whos. Inviting me down there – on such short notice! Even if I wanted to go my schedule wouldn’t allow it. 4:00, wallow in self-pity; 4:30, stare into the abyss; 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one; 5:30, jazzercize; 6:30, dinner with me – I can’t cancel that again; 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing… I’m booked. Of course, if I bump the loathing to 9, I could still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear?”

There are some roles actors are born to play, and Jim Carrey was born to play the Grinch! He plays him perfectly especially the sarcastic and over-the-top comedy he’s known for.

I also liked that Anthony Hopkins did the narration.

Other than the original Chuck Jones animated version, this is the best adaptation of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. (Sorry to Benedict Cumberbatch and Illumination.)

This movie is great for the family particularly families with older kids as there is a lot of adult humor that hopefully flies over young viewers’ heads.

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