A Christmas Carol
Robert Zemeckis directed one of my favorite animated Christmas films, Polar Express and once again, he shows why he’s the master with the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge (voice by Jim Carrey) is a sad, miserable old man who enjoys sitting around counting his money. (According to my wife, that’s what I do.) He shows how much he dislikes the holidays because every year he turns down an invitation to have dinner at the home of his nephew named Fred (voice by Colin Firth). He also chases off Christmas carolers and is upset when his assistant, Bob Cratchit (voice by Gary Oldman) asks to come in a little late on Christmas day. When Scrooge goes to bed on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future (voices by Jim Carrey) and he is reminded of his childhood, what he was like, what people think about him now and what will happen to him in the future. I’m not going to rehash what happened in a story that we have all seen a hundred times, but I must admit that this film is a very faithful rendition of the original story. The only thing really new is the 3D animation, but I hear it’s good – in fact, it’s great. Of course I’m sure the visuals are enhanced by the high energy voice of Jim Carrey and the music score of Alan Silvestri. The movie itself is thrilling, but somehow it lacks the emotion that many of its predecessors enjoy. Tiny Tim didn’t bring a tear to my eye and Scrooge’s transformation barely moved me. The director does his best to try and make the 3D revolve around the story instead of the story revolving around the 3D, but the visuals do take center stage. I’m obviously not basing this comment on how scary and gruesome the ghosts look, but I did hear the ghosts yelling and their chains rattling and everything that goes bump in the night. I probably would have been terrified as a kid to see this film and it might be a good thing that I can’t see it now. I don’t want to Bah-humbug this film so I’ll combine my response with the energy and feeling of the audience and give it a B- rating.
This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.