Jim Carrey’s rendition of The Grinch indeed presents a rather intimidating and, some might say, terrifying portrayal of the iconic character. His over-the-top performance in Ron Howard’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” made a lasting impression, leaving many wondering why anyone would attempt to recreate the Grinch after such a defining portrayal. However, Benedict Cumberbatch’s animated version of the character in the 2018 film proved to be a massive success, becoming the highest-grossing Christmas movie ever, surpassing even Jim Carrey’s film.
More recently, the 2018 animated adaptation has secured another achievement by outranking Jim Carrey’s Grinch in the Netflix charts. In the UK, the modern iteration sits at number four, while Carrey’s classic resides at number eight. But does this mean a definitive decision has been made on which is the superior movie?
Not necessarily. There are a couple of key considerations that might influence the rankings on the streaming platform. Firstly, recency bias plays a role, with viewers likely favoring the newer film, especially those who recall taking their kids to the cinema to see it not too long ago. Carrey’s film, on the other hand, caters more to Millennial nostalgia, limiting its audience somewhat.
Moreover, the animated version has the advantage of appealing strongly to children due to the allure of animation. Kids tend to adore cartoons, and parents seeking a tranquil household are more inclined to select a film from the studio renowned for The Minions. In fact, many families, including mine, might contribute significantly to the newer Grinch’s popularity by playing it repeatedly to keep their little ones entertained.
It’s quite a challenge to captivate a child’s attention with a live-action film that predates their era, especially when Carrey’s portrayal of the Grinch occasionally veers into what could almost be described as a Christmas horror movie. His performance is truly eccentric, and while appealing to adults, it might overwhelm toddlers, causing them to retreat in fear behind the furniture.
Truly, if I were the fluffy animated Grinch, I’d be cautious. His predecessor, portrayed by Carrey, is a force to reckon with, unafraid to employ an electric razor!