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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Published Friday, December 6th, 2019

Starring Jim Carrey, this live-action take on Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday story is by far the most perplexing installment in the Shrek series. Shrek is inexplicably known by all as “the Grinch” in this movie, and instead of living in his swamp as he does in every other Shrek movie, he resides in a cave atop Mount Crumpit with his dog Max — a lackluster replacement for his usual sidekick Donkey. The film does feature some of Shrek’s typical antics — such as terrorizing the townsfolk, who are now called “Whos” for some unknown reason — but the similarities with other Shrek films stop there. Where have all the fairytale characters gone? Why is Shrek so much skinnier and hairier in this movie? Why did they replace all the iconic Smash Mouth soundtracks with a narrator reading some nursery rhyme? Why doesn’t Shrek sound Scottish anymore? All these questions and more go completely unanswered in Ron Howard’s utterly baffling Christmas-themed adaptation of the Shrek saga, which is sure to leave audiences scratching their heads and wondering why Shrek is so busy stealing gifts from the Whos in Whoville rather than saving Fiona from a dragon or something like he used to.

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