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A Christmas Carol


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A Review by Penny V

If you want to revel in the wonderful feeling of Christmas then A Christmas Carol is for you. Great to take the kids to and if you have never seen a film in 3-D, now’s your chance. If you’re like me though and have seen over 50 adaptations of the Charles Dickens 1843 classic ( you can’t beat the Muppets), it isn’t exactly value-for-money as it is a little costlier, but hey it was worth the little thrill.

A Christmas Carol 2009Written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, A Christmas Carol stars Jim Carrey with his first Disney production in a multitude of roles, including Ebenezer Scrooge in various stages of his life and the three ghosts who haunt him. Other stars in the film include Gary Oldman, who also plays multiple characters, Colin Firth and Robin Wright Penn.

As the story goes, On Christmas Eve in Victorian England, Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old moneylender refuses to partake in the festivities and looks upon it with his usual bah-humbug attitude.

That night Scrooge is visited by his former business partner, Jacob Marley who died seven years ago on Christmas Eve. He is forced to carry heavy chains forged from his own greedy ways in the afterlife and warns Scrooge to repent, lest he suffer an even worse fate and foretells three spirits that will haunt him.

A Christmas Carol 2009So comes Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet-to-Come who shows him how he came to be what he is, how his present actions have consequences for the present and the future, over the course of one single night.

The film was produced through the process of performance capture, the same technique used in Zemeckis previous films The Polar Express (2004) and Beowulf (2007).

At the end of the day, it was a faithful retelling and watching it in 3D was particularly fun with some nifty fast-paced scenes. Jim Carrey was pleasant to watch even if he was old Scrooge himself and its hard to get the formula wrong.

So if you’re feel particularly Christmas-y and jolly, head to the cinema’s to catch A Christmas Carol.

Yep: It’s fun in 3-D
Oh:
If you know the story backwards and forwards, it can get a little boring.
Verbatim:
Ebenezer Scrooge: If I could have my way, every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart!
Thumbs:
3 / 5

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