Up until now, the Moonlight & Movies Christmas series of films has been screened in Gardenia Court in Camana Bay. Families have gathered to watch such classics as “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
On Tuesday, however, Camana Bay is ramping things up a bit by moving the final film – “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” – to its new, fancy, giant screen on The Crescent. One has to ask if the Grinch himself would approve such blatant festive cheer.
At 7 p.m. you will want a good seat to see this live-action version of the classic tale, starring Jim Carrey in the lead role, joined by a cast of stars including Jeffrey Tambor and Molly Shannon.
Time Out said of the production, directed by Ron Howard, “Dr. Seuss’s squiggly sketches and early learning doggerel appear to have come straight off the top of his head. This Hollywood version captures precisely that endearing spirit of imaginative doodling, at least when Carrey’s anti-hero is on screen. A shaggy, potbellied green yeti with an attitude problem, the Grinch lives in the rubbish dump and casts a baleful eye over the ersatz yuletide ‘Who-bilation’ of the rodent featured Whos in their suburban Shangri-La, Whoville. This toy shop grotto society is a caricature of consumerism, a town embodying such a level of superficiality that only a child, Cindy Lou, can see through it. She doesn’t understand why the Grinch is excluded from the party, and even gets him nominated for ‘Holiday Cheermeister.’ Big mistake. Howard’s film develops the story with ingenuity, subverting acceptable sentiment with lashings of sardonic wit. Smartly melding cartoon backdrops and kitsch carnivalesque production design, this cinematic candy floss honours the Seussian universe by satirizing our own. And Carrey’s comic tornado of a performance is a triumph.”
Moonlight & Movies is completely free to attend. Audience members are encouraged to grab something to eat and drink while they settle in to watch the film.
If you are looking for something different to do with the kids, or are just really interested in seeing Camana Bay’s brand new, giant screen, go to watch “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” on Tuesday.