Sunday, November 8, 2009

Movie Review

The new Disney production of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL is perhaps one of the most perfect versions of the film I have ever seen.  Yes, that's my opinion,and it's for an animated version at that!

I have seen every version of A Christmas Carol out there, even the ones where Scrooge is a woman.  I like the black and white versions from the 1930s and 1940s, the televisions versions starring George C. Scott and Patrick Stewart, the American version starring Henry Winkler, even the cartoon version with Mr. Magoo.  And actually I like them all.

But this film starring Jim Carrey, Colin Firth (Mr. Darcy to you P&P fans), Bob Hoskins, and Robin Wright Penn, is spectacular.  So true to the book that some of the spoken lines are taken directly from the novel's pages, this is most definately NOT a children's movie.  If you have young kids, do not take them to see this.  There are some frightening scenes that are very intense.

Jim Carrey did an amazing job.  His interpretation of Ebenezer Scrooge was spot on.  The rest of the cast supported him in giving the viewer a trip down a wonderful road that will help you get in the holiday spirit.

I admit that I was a bit trepidacious about a Disney version of this story.  Directed by Robert Zemekus and done in the same style as his film "A Polar Express" I think if you are a fan of this story you are in for a treat.  The song as the closing credits roll sung by Andrea Boccelli, "God Bless Us Everyone" is a reason to stay after the ending.  I strongly recommend this film.  Have fun!


Tara said...

Hey, and don't forget MY fav... Muppets Christmas Carol. That one is so funny!

We'll have to see it, although not for kids, huh? WHY then, do they advertise these things all over KIDS channels? Ugh.

Tiffany said...

Thanks for the review!! You should write for the entertainment columns!!!

Rach said...

Hmm, I hadn't really planned on seeing this movie but I might have to change my mind! John will just have to take me on a date.

Dirk and Trish said...

Good to know. D & I want to see it, but based on the commercials had already decided it would be to intense for L. She is not a fan of anything scary. We're looking forward to it!
Good point Tara (to both).


Do you think it is to bad for my kids ages too? We wanted to take the whole family but if don't want to freak them out! Let me know PLEASE