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Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Starring: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Anthony Hopkins

Directed By: Ron Howard

By Chad Finkelstein
Gazette Staff

To write a review of how they made How The Grinch Stole Christmas seem real

To honour its author, the late Dr. Seuss, writing in verse seemed to be most ideal.

The story begins in the village of the Who,

With a special little girl who they called Cindy Lou.

Well, her face now had a permanent pout,

Because she couldn't understand what Christmas was about;

She heard that a Grinch lived at the top of a hill,

But when she asked about him, the response was nil.

She wanted to include him, but the town wouldn't hear it

They said "the Grinch always ruins the Christmas spirit."

He was a mean one, Mr. Grinch, oh yes he was, yes he was,

And you didn't want to anger or disturb him because,

He hated Christmas more than anything at all;

Down to every last gift, be it necktie or doll.

Then the strangest idea popped into his head,

Yes, the weirdest of inklings, an inkling that said,

"I can steal all of Christmas and bring it back on my sled."

But no need to worry, we can all be elated,

'Cause as everyone knows, the Grinch gets rehabilitated.

The movie's a re-creation of the Dr. Seuss story,

That director Ron Howard tells in all its simple glory.

The set looks like it stepped right out of the book;

From every little detail, each cranny and nook.

A world has been constructed that spills over with delight,

Within a three-dimensional Whoville, imagination takes flight.

When the Grinch is not on screen, the characters blow,

So Jim Carrey should be credited with stealing the show.

Casting him as the lead makes perfect sense,

Though you wouldn't know it's him in a costume so dense.

The Grinch is super-de-luper, you'll laugh hysterically,

For it's the Grinchiest Grinch played by Jim Carrey.

Every tick, every face, makes you howl with glee,

'Cause he's like the real Mr. Grinch, right down to a tee.

The filming looks like it would have been so much fun,

As the set is just a playground, for his creativity to run.

He hops and he bops, so laughter never stops and he marches to the beat of his own drummer,

When he's not schmoozling or schmozling or doing what he does, the movie is kind of a bummer.

To deny this comedic genius his efforts is a true abomination

In fact, he morphs into his part so well, that he deserves an Oscar nomination,

It's true that the humour is intended for a crowd that will only come up to your knees,

But that's no reason to miss out on what's fun, go see this film, won't you please?

So whether big or small, tiny or tall, The Grinch is worth while to see,

Even the cat will come out of his hat to watch this joyful movie.

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