2¢ Christmas, Dare to Compare

Dare to Compare: Grinch Edition

Two versions of the same story about a grouchy green guy who hates Christmas in two completely different mediums, but which one is better?

Jim Carrey’s version has always been my favorite, but I’ve enjoyed the Illumination animation adaptations of Dr. Seuss so I was more than willing to give the new animated version a shot. I’ve reviewed both versions in the past so I don’t need to do full blown reviews again so soon. Both can be found on Instagram.

The animated one wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. It added a bunch of unnecessary though interesting details like the kids trying to catch Santa in the act delivering presents and the reindeer sidekick for the Grinch. Benedict Cumberbatch is always fun to listen to even when he’s using an American accent. The movie overall is enjoyable but forgettable even though it’s my favorite of the Illumination Dr. Seuss movies.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas live-action is one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies! One of Jim Carrey’s best roles. He was perfect as the Grinch and so funny! It doesn’t matter how many times I watch it, I laugh every single time. This version stuck closely to the original book, but still made a few changes like diving into the Grinch’s past, giving him a love interest, and giving Cindy-Lou Who a solo. It’s got lines so iconic that it’s inspired many TikTok and Instagram reel trends.

I like the new Illumination version, but the Jim Carrey version can’t be beat. His performance as the Grinch cannot be topped. They should’ve stopped here. There was no need for anymore remakes, but we all know how Hollywood likes its money. So as long as people pay, they’ll keep remaking it. For no reason. Whatsoever. You can rent or buy either version online or borrow them from the library.

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