Cast: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn, Cary Elwes
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of an old miser who must face Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come, as they help to bring kindness to his otherwise cold heart. The Ghosts remind him of the man he used to be, the hard truth of what the world is today, and what will happen if he does not strive to be a better man. Set around Christmas, the most joyous day of the year, Scrooge realizes the sharp contrast of his own personality.
Jim Carrey plays four separate roles in this updated version of A Christmas Carol. Carrey portrays Scrooge, as well as the three ghosts (Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come). His dynamic character roles keep the four characters as diverse as being played by four actors.
My Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is my all time favorite Christmas story. I love to read it every year. I almost have it memorized. Because I love the original novel so much, I have never found a movie adaptation that does it justice. However this one comes close. The special effects are better that I imagined when I read the novel and are enough to recommend this movie. So is the great acting by Jim Carrey who played four characters so differently that I didn’t think it was the same actor until I saw the credits. But these things are not why I recommend this movie.
One problem I’ve had with every “Christmas Carol” movie including the Patrick Stewart and George C. Scott versions (my favorites until this movie came out) is the drastic instantaneous change in Scrooge. That’s not how the book portrayed. In the book, Scrooge began to see the error of his ways almost immediately. The gradual realization, repentance, and change is what make the characterization in the story superb. But until now, every movie adaptation has had Scrooge fight with the ghosts until, at the end, he’s scared straight. This never cut it with me.
The Disney version does a better job with this. Scrooge shed a tear when the first ghost reminds him of his past. He continues his reformation throughout the movie making the change more believable. I wish the movie had been longer, and they had shown more of the scenes from the novel. But they did remain true to the script. My favorite part was the panoramic view when Scrooge watched the people going to church while the camera focused in on the cross.
A Christmas Carol truly is a story of repentance. I’m glad Disney filmed the movie this way. I recommend this movie.