A Christmas Carol (2009)(2009)
Director Robert Zemeckis (Beowulf, Forest Gump) uses his motion-capture technology to re-tell Charles Dickens' classic Christmas story.... More
Jim Carrey plays Ebenezer Scrooge, a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption by several mysterious apparitions - the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Chrismas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come (all three are played by Carrey). Also features Gary Oldman as Bob Crachit / Tiny Tim and Bob Hoskins as Mr. Fezziwig.
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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
Yet another adaptation of Dickens’ classic tale of yuletide redemption hits the big screen but, despite the authentically dour London setting and the flowery dialogue being very faithful to the original text, you might be wondering why it’s necessary.
Technically, this film is impressive. The motion-capture process, in the same vein as director Zemeckis’ The Polar Express and Beowulf, allows for Jim Carrey to perform as not only Ebeneezer Scrooge, but also the spirits of past, present and future.
But, perhaps afraid that the character-based source material wouldn’t offer enough thrills, the filmmakers shove in some additional action sequences that involve Scrooge zooming across rooftops, sliding down drainpipes or even surfing on a broken icicle. It’s silly, not particularly engaging and at odds with the more mature approach elsewhere.
It’s the eerieness and loneliness of Scrooge’s Christmas that Zemeckis nails. Younger children will have nightmares for weeks. Whether it’s Marley’s dislocated jaw or the gruesome end of the jovial Ghost of Christmas Present, this could well be the scariest version of A Christmas Carol I’ve seen.
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A Christmas Carol (2009)
Scrooge here is more than the caricature grouch the popular myth makes him. Instead he is a real, damaged individual who demands a more complex reaction than the character presented in the many more superficial renderings of the story. This is still a heart-warming story of the the possibility of reform and redemption, but not the facile endorsement of Christmas cheer the story has too often been reduced to.
The look of this film takes us close to the appearance of the original illustrations, and the tone and atmosphere match. If you want seasonal tinsel get the muppets version on DVD. If you want a serious look at the story as Dickens wrote it, see this movie.Hide