Even the dimmest citizen of Whoville is bright enough to know no film could live up to the hype and expectations surrounding the big-screen adaptation of a Dr. Seuss classic. So, director Ron Howard gears his toward a new generation of fans--fans he hopes are looking for Jim Carrey's X-treme Grinch. The Carrey close-ups and hyper personality shifts are supposed to pump up the excitement, but they're often performed alone, in a cave (it's more like a vacuum), while the very padded storyline drags like an overstuffed sack of stolen Christmas booty.
The Grinch's furry friend, Max, gets some laughs, and young, wide-eyed Taylor Momsen is adorable (but she could use some singing lessons). Sill, old-school fans will want to stick to the TV version; as for newbies, this trip to Whoville is barely worth going out of your way.