Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Directed by Ron Howard
Dr. Seuss fans can breathe easier and need not have fear.
The Grinch is back and his movie is full of holiday cheer.
Even with all the shmoopla and commercial goompla,
The movie stays true and lives up to the hoopla.
Ron Howard and Jim Carrey can sleep well in their beds,
With visions of greenbacks dancing in their heads.
you're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
The story is in three acts, with the book serving as Act Three.
The citizens of Whoville, a quaint little hamlet, are full of glee.
But an ill wind brings foreboding one fateful night.
A Grinch is found stirring in a basket, in a plight.
The Whovians, gentle and carefree, are a cosmetic lot.
That portends bad things for one who is green - and thus the plot.
During school-time bullying, the Grinch is hurt and his mind does pop.
With bah humbug and bad tidings to all, the Grinch moves to a mountain top.
Years later, there's a little girl who's path the Grinch does cross.
Her name is Cindy Lou Who and she has a sense of faith that will not be lost.
Herein is the source of the movie's inspiration and holiday spirit.
This is a timeless tale of good and evil and it bears tremendous merit.
Don't You Know Christmas Doesn't Come From A Store?
There are so many moments of cinematic fancy and cartoonish delight,
It's a spectacular treat that will transcend weight and height.
The Grinch lives with his dog, Max, in a cave that is dark and sad.
His habitation is that of Pee-Wee Herman - or Opie - gone bad.
As the ultimate Whovenile delinquent, Jim Carrey with gusto pulls it all off.
His grandiose gestures cut through incredible makeup as he pays homage to Boris Karloff.
The Mean One's socks stink so bad, they literally slink and walk on their own.
"you're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" is still the stuff of goosebumps, even to us fully grown.
Mr. Grinch, Christmas Means A Little Bit More
Yes, the history of Carrey's Grinchiness is a little silly,
And Martha May Whovier's romantic flourish is quite a dilly.
But the movie is a success on so many levels and is such a good time,
How else could you possibly explain a critic writing in rhyme?
The big screen version takes the book and cartoon and adds to the mix.
It's a magical blend of old and new that fulfills a childlike fix.
The eye candy and punchlines guarantee return visits to Whoville, of course.
But it's a tribute to Dr. Seuss that the movie stays true to its source.
Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman also wrote "Who Framed Roger Rabbit".
To them, and to Carrey, a tip of the hat for the movie's smart wit.
A salute also goes to Anthony Hopkins, who provides a voice of narration.
He sets a fanciful tone for this movie that is sure to enchant generations.
However, for reining in Hollywood's shtick and keeping the humor spruce,
We have to thank Audrey Geisel, more famously known as Mrs. Seuss.
• Originally published at MovieHabit.com.