By: B. Mitidieri
A Christmas Carol (2009) is an adapted version of Charles Dickens’ classic novel which tells the story of grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge’s path of acquiring Christmas Spirit. Mr. Scrooge is a very irritable man and the thing he despises the most is Christmas and the people who celebrate it. In this magical film, three ghosts visit crabby Scrooge on Christmas Eve and take him to his past, present, and future to enlighten him with the atrocities he has committed in his life up to that moment. Consequently, this journey causes Scrooge to reflect on his actions. Can Scrooge’s acrimony be overruled by benevolence and love? Will he take the path of redemption?
The movie was directed by Robert Zemeckis and with his help and other familiar actors like Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman and Colin Firth this classic spin was certainly brought to life. Its advanced technology and creativity were the factors that made the film unique: actors performed the scenes while being filmed from every angle and with small dots on their faces, which were further transformed into motion footage.
Because the Holiday Season is upon us once more, A Christmas Carol is the perfect movie to watch and relish during the Christmas Holidays. However, beware of its heavy atmosphere and bleakness. I believe that its 6.8 ranking on IMBd is due to such gloominess. But if the Christmas Spirit has reached you, by all means, watch it. Nevertheless, keep the morbid tone of A Christmas Carol in mind.
Although Scrooge’s actions may bring about some smiles, it is not a picture to watch if you are looking for a laugh. I recommend A Christmas Carol to the Pauleans who relish their Christmas Spirit and are willing to relive Scrooge’s journey for redemption.