A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol – Movie Review
An animated retelling of Charles Dickens classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Well, it’s just about Christmas time which must mean that there’s going to be a new version of A Christmas Carol out. Right you are. This one is from Disney which should either make your heart beat very fast or not. Let me tell you up front, this is not a kids movie. It will scare the living daylights out of kids, although A Christmas Carol was never a children’s movie. And I think this one is much close to the original sense of Dickens than most of them are. It stars the voice talents of Jim Carrey as Scrooge. It’s also got Robin Wright Penn, it’s got Cary Elwes, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth. So it’s got a terrific cast and almost all of them playing multiple parts. And this is by Robert Zemeckis who also did Polar Express. I hated Polar Express. I thought it was creepy and icky and — but the technique– I think it’s called action capture or something has come a long way and in this one it really works. The characters actually look like the characters. The facial expressions move and it’s not so creepy. This is a genuinely scary A Christmas Carol which is going to be wonderful for boys over the age of 12 who are into video games. This music is wonderful. This is going to do very well on DVD. I’m not sure to be quite honest it’s going to do very well in theatrical release but it will do terrifically well on DVD. And it’s amazing technological feat. So four stars.