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Plot: Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption. Runtime: 96 mins Release Date: 05 Nov 2009
Jim Carrey is full of surprises and the entire movie is a theatrical outburst of his talent, under the brilliant direction of Robert Zemeckis. Brilliant because it manages to make take the Dickens story and walk us through all its dimensions, without fear of sadness and, in the same time, he has the cold blood to use the magic wand for a happy end. I wasn't a big 3D fan until this movie, maybe because I didn't see any possibility to enrich the classical format, perfect as it became with the years... 'A Christmas Carol' gains a lot from 3D being a sensorial experience enhanced <more>
by IMAX technology.All in all, it's not a story for kids, because it's rather disturbing and contemplative. Gary Oldman's pointing finger will stay with you for a while... It's an enchanting story and I encourage you to go and see it.
Fine Interpretation for Adults: Not for Children (by gradyharp)
What would Christmas be without a visit to Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol', a story that dates back to 1843 and has been loved and read every year at this time? There have been other films, stage productions, musicals, and family readings galore and it still holds the magic of what the spirit of Christmas is all about. Doubtless there will be flocks of naysayers who don't buy into this adaptation by Robert Zemekis, but given the ghost story magic Dickens' created, this film takes it one step further and makes the ghostly three spirits very much alive and beautiful <more>
fanciful. Combining the actors with animation animating the actors might be a better way of describing the magic makes each of the many very well known actors who portray the characters that much more credible. Jim Carrey is at his peak as an actor in his ability to become the illusions his mind creates: he portrays all three ghosts as well a Scrooge at every level of his history. Other actors who are transformed by Zemekis and staff include Gary Oldman as the trio of Cratchit, Marley's Ghost, and Tiny Tim, Colin Firth as the jovial nephew, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Bob Hoskins, Fionnula Flanagan and a host of others. The costumes and scenery are brilliantly executed. One problem with the film that may require parental judgment is the fact that the ghosts are truly scary and children might not be able to get past the fear they instill. But they will grow into the film as it is likely a work that will be resurrected every Christmas season as a tradition. It is 'excellent, my good fellows'. Grady Harp
I saw the 3D version of this movie on November 24. I was blown away right from the beginning as the movie takes the audience soaring over the rooftops of 19th century London, stopping every now and then to peer down into the windows of beautiful halls decorated for the Christmas season with tables being spread out with festive meals. Or down into the streets to see the common folk play and interact and work as they would have back then. The animation was superb, making me think at times that I was watching a live action movie with real actors. The movie made me laugh, it made me cry, it made <more>
me want to see it again. And it stayed pretty true to Charles Dickens' intention for writing the story, that of keeping the spirit of Christmas alive every day and feeling empathy and compassion for our fellow man. And the movie wasn't a watered down "happy holiday" movie that we've grown accustomed to in this day and age when saying the word "Christmas" at Christmas time is not politically correct. There are many beautiful traditional Christmas songs sung throughout the movie. I would recommend any fan of A Christmas Carol, no matter how many versions you've seen, to see this one and in 3D before it leaves the theaters! .And for people who say this isn't for children: the theater was packed with children when I went. Their ages ranged from approximately 2 years to 7 or 8 and of course teens and adults were there, too . Not a single child screamed or cried or whined, and I heard many of them around me ooooo'ing and ahhhh'ing over the movie and laughing at the funny parts which are numerous .
THE Christmas Movie of this year and Christmases-yet-to-come! (by Cloud67)
Hi there fellow geeks, greekgeek speaking!I just saw a press screening of A Christmas CAROL here in Hamburg, Germany.First things first: I'm a biiiiiig Zemeckis Fan from 1984 ROMANCING THE STONE and "all the time through"! This means: even the trashed movies by fanboys like THE POLAR EXPRESS and BEOWULF.I just can't listen anymore to all of those complaints about his "performance capture" films. They always type the same boring stuff – my advise: don't go to these "dreadful" Films.I was never a big fan of THE POLAR EXPRESS love Alan <more>
Silvestri's Score but I'm still a big supporter of the project. BEOWULF was much stronger and A Christmas CAROL tops all of that.Jim Carrey's performance is stellar! He is this movie. Colin Firth and Gary Oldman are not even really supporting actors but Carrey runs the show. His Scrooge especially the present day one is the best thing "performance capture" ever put "on film".The film is fast-paced good 90 minutes long and very spooky for a PG Film . It starts off with soft goose bumps with the Ghost-of-Christmas-Past, goes surreal with the Ghost-of-Christmas-Present and switches to FRIGHTENERS-Territory with Ghost-of-Christmas-Yet-to-Come.So, was the Film any good: yes, perfect storytelling with perfect look – either you like good storytelling – then go see and love it, or you don't – then start bitchin' about "performance capture" all day long. I myself can't wait for YELLOW SUBMARINE and the next ROGER RABBIT! or even productions like MARS NEEDS MOMS, AIRMAN and STONEHEART Oh, one thing I forgot: In front of A Christmas CAROL they showed the Trailer for PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME. Fantastic!!! They managed to bring all the jumps and moves of the Prince to life. Can't wait!This was just not even a real review; I just wanted to let you know that it is a great film. If I have time I will write more.
Wow. This is a HUGE step up from The Polar Express, which sucked beyond any other Christmas movie. A Christmas Carol has always been a great Christmas story, and it's been redone a thousand times, but this one tops them all. This movie, while being warm and magical, is also very chilling and scary. Parents, if you have sensitive kids, DO NOT TAKE THEM TO THIS MOVIE. Their were many frightening parts in this movie. Scrooge seeing Jacob Marley's face on the door knocker made me jump a mile off my seat. The meeting with the ghost of Marley was also terrifying, with his huge clanking <more>
chains and his haunting screams. There was quite a bit of fun flying-around action, too, like when Scrooge is flying around with the ghost of Christmas past, or when the huge black horses of the ghost of Christmas future is chasing scrooge through the streets. It was very exciting and kept everyone on the edge of their seats. The animation... was... hmmmm. I'm not really sure. It was a step up from that horrible Polar Express, but it still wasn't great. Pixar could make more realistic looking people without all the fancy actors with sensors all over them! Scrooge was animated very well, but the normal townspeople and all the other characters looked like they were made of wax. Especially poor Bob Crachet. The poor dude looked like an Ewok with his too big head and small body. There were a lot of really cool effects, though, like the ghost of Christmas future, who starts out as a shadow, then his hand comes out and points at scrooge and such. All in all, it was a very good movie. Haunting and creepy at times, but it was sweet and tons of fun.
Robert Zemeckis, the main pioneer of Motion capture films with films such as The Polar Express, Monster House and Beowulf attempts a new version of a story that has been many times before and needless to say it doesn't disappoint. Jim Carrey is a revelation as Scrooge and the three Ghosts but his performance is so good that each has its own personality, Bob Hoskins and Colin Firth are very good as Crachit and Fred. The 3D in the film is stunning and Zemeckis uses to a great degree but it's never a gimmick. It is a faithful adaptation of the story but it's not for young children <more>
and several scenes were quite dark and scary which actually added to the film and it's not as heartwarming as previous versions but the happy ending remains. If there is one or criticisms is that some scenes went on a bit too long and some characters were not as well animated and suffered from dead eye.Overall, a great Christmas film and it does show the potential of motion capture and if they continue to improve it then it's going a great tool for filmmakers.
I read that this film has been labeled by parents as a "Disney Bomb" because it's too scary for their young children. Parents who take kids to see any movie need to be aware of something: if it's rated PG there are likely going to be scenes that your six year old will not enjoy -- even if the name Disney is attached to it. The cutesy versions of A Christmas Carol The Muppet Christmas Carol and Disney's own Mickey's Christmas Carol for example have little in common with the classic, and sometimes very scary Charles Dickens story. The plot should be familiar to just <more>
about anyone who has been alive sometime during the past 150 years, and the fact that there are spirits ghosts in the story should also be a red flag to parents. Especially since two of them are downright frightening in just about any version of the story.The truth is that this is one of the most beautiful and faithful remakes of the Dickens classic. The dialogue is taken nearly word-for-word from the book, and the look and feel of the film brilliantly capture what you would imagine wintertime in London in the 19th century to be like. A few of the special effects are a bit over-the-top, but most work well and add enough pizazz for cynical modern-day audiences. The scenes featuring the Ghost of Christmas Present are worth the price of admission alone.Once every few months I'm dragged kicking and screaming to see a new film. I can't stand wasting my hard-earned dollar on the crap Hollywood throws at us these days, but every once in a while I'm pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoy a movie. This was definitely one of those rare times.
Both children and adults will gain more from this experience than most family films. (by Troy_Campbell)
After directing The Polar Express in 2004, Robert Zemeckis vowed to only make 3D movies using motion-capture technology from then on, never to return to traditional live action films again. What? How could he? Moviegoers everywhere were bemused at how the bloke who gave us Forrest Gump, the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Contact and Cast Away could settle for some silly 3D business. Perhaps Zemeckis was smarter than us all though, his pledge to developing a decent 3D output coming half a decade earlier than most. It seems he was on to something.It is credit to Zemeckis <more>
though that his use of 3D isn't the drawcard for this wonderfully told fable, it purely enhances it. The opening title sequence is one of the most breathtaking of the year, as we soar over - and through - the old Victorian town in which Scrooge inhabits in only one shot. It doesn't end there however, with no less than two more flying scenes and a splendid chase sequence on foot, which capably show what mo-cap and 3D are capable of. One small gripe, as was present with Up, the glasses still make everything darker and subsequently duller; especially as this picture is intentionally not well-lit to begin with.We all know the famous Charles Dickens novel for which this is based on and Zemeckis stays faithfully close to it, unworried about making a family movie that has very few laughs. Let's face it, the story of Scrooge isn't meant to be a light-hearted laughfest. With demonic horses complete with glaring red eyes , ghosts with broken jaws and men withering away to a skeleton, this is anything but a hoot. But is that a bad thing? Not at all. In fact it is a relief to see a movie for young but not too young and old that doesn't shy away from evoking feelings of fear and regret rather than always sugar-coating them with funny moments. If dealt with rightly, emotions like these can be healthy and will have a longer lasting effect on you and your kids than something that only makes you laugh.Providing the voice of Scrooge from childhood to old-age, along with the three Ghosts of Christmas, Carrey does a fine job, even with his normal over-the-top voicing toned down a few hundred decibels. He is barely recognisable in all his parts - a result that I'm sure Zemeckis would have been aiming for - which allows the characters to stand on their own two feet rather than be a typical Carrey product. The experienced supporting cast of Oldman, Hoskins, Firth, Elwes and Wright Penn add a nice level of class to the proceedings.The dark and morose atmosphere might at first shock, but ultimately both children and adults will gain more from this experience than most family films. See it on the big screen.4 out of 5 1 - Rubbish, 2 - Ordinary, 3 - Good, 4 - Excellent, 5 - Classic
A Christmas Carol was very entertaining and the animation was superb. You must see it in 3D! However, kids who go and see this movie probably won't understand the majority of the dialogue and will probably get lost. It has a lot of adult situations and the accents are pretty thick as well. Also, don't let the PG rating fool you. It's actually quite mature and in my opinion it's more suited for adults than kids as far as the dialogue and story goes. I think both kids and adults will love the animation and have a lot of fun - especially in 3D! Unfortunately, that might be the <more>
only thing the kids will like...Nonetheless, it's a great film and it's definitely Oscar worthy for the animation. I'll definitely be seeing it again in theaters and in 3D!