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Another Carol of Christmas

December 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Despite not having the best review copy I found Disney’s A Christmas Carol staring Jim Carry and Gary Oldmen both creepy and awe inspiring displaying what can be done with 3D these days. What I loved best were the amazing director’s insight to take your vantage point to new places like behind a door knob that would not be able to achieved with a video camera and the hand held feel of much of it, really brilliantly story boarded.

I liked how it followed closely to the book and most if not all of the talking seemed right out of the original text exposing a universal audience to a richer form of English then most Hollywood movies and Disney audiences which never hurts our word knowledge.

It was amazingly dark, both the color tones used, old style art, how wretchedly hideous Ebenezer, and Marley looked and the visual effects. The second ghost in particular goes out in a fashion I’d never seen before, it was not New Years or even the end of Christmas Day so why he dies and becomes a mummy does not make sense and only upstages the rather dull 3rd ghost a hard act to follow and really makes it hard to feel frightened a second time for a silent silhouette grim reaper.

The tomb scene and over the top next morning seemed to loose my emotional strings, they just did not feel very personal. I’m not sure if it is the 3D or story telling but that usually is the best part of the story for me but it was powerless for me this time around.

Also he goes and buys the biggest turkey to presumably send to Tiny Tim’s family but the father goes to work and never says thanks or mentions anything.

Over all a great portrayal of the book and a Christmas classic that shows us that giving more to others on this time is what Christmas should be about. Jim Carry did quadruple duty on this one but really only makes a presence with Scrooge and ghost of Christmas present.

In finding pics for this post I was amazed to see so many different advertising and many trying to be so dark feeling, it’s a kids and family Christmas story.

Categories: Movie Reviews