Saturday, December 6, 2008

April's Christmas Countdown: #8 and #7

#8 How the Grinch Stole Christmas

I usually get sick of Jim Carrey fairly quickly, but he is truly wonderful [delightful, etc, insert positive adjective here] in this version of the Dr. Seuss classic. I also like that it brings more back story into it and actually provides a reason for the Grinch's deep hatred for Christmas. Plus we get to see more of that adorable Cindy Lou Who. I mean, seriously, what more could we ask for in a live-action remake of one of Dr. Seuss' most beloved stories?

It's very Seuss-ian aesthetically and in my opinion in keeps the spirit of the original story intact. It's also funny and family-friendly, as all proper Christmas movies should be.

#7 Elf Buddy (Will Ferrell) is a Christmas elf who finds out that is really a human adopted by an elf after crawling into Santa's bag as a baby. Buddy goes to New York to find his real father, Walter Hobbs (James Caan). Awesome-ness ensues.

This is one of the most endearing movies ever. What makes this such a great Christmas movie is that Buddy (Will Ferrell) is like an enormous child, but in that lovely "I'm seeing the world for the first time and it is super awesome and amazing" kind of way. That attitude starts rubbing off on all the other characters and they start to love Christmas again, too. Ferrell brings off Buddy's excited innocence perfectly and Caan, as the somewhat surely children's book publisher, is an excellent foil.

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