A Christmas Carol (2009)

A Christmas Carol is the newest adaptation of Charles Dickensbook of the same name, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Jim Carrey, Jim Carrey, Jim Carrey, Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Gary Oldman, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright, Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Cary Elwes, Cary Elwes, Cary Elwes, Cary Elwes, Bob Hoskins, Bob Hoskins and Colin Firth.

Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is an old penny-pinching bastard who’d rather freeze to death than use one more coal than strictly necessary. He’s rude and joyless and treats everybody like shit. In the night before Christmas, he is visited by three ghosts – of the past, the present and the future (all three played by Jim Carrey) – who show him what an empty and lonely live – and death – he’ll have if he doesn’t change his ways.
I guess most people know the story, so onwards.

A Christmas Carol was a mixed bag of beans if ever I saw one. There were about as many good things as bad things about it and it depends on my day-to-day condition whether the scales tip favourably or not. Today, it’s pretty much in a neutral position.

Let’s see… I think I’m going to need a table for this.

Good Stuff Bad Stuff
Looks so much better than Beowulf, slightly surreal, nice Most things look better than Beowulf
Seems to keep really close to the original (which I haven’t read) Tries very hard to never let anything become scary or creepy*
Good cast Jim Carrey’s accent as Scrooge. Was that supposed to be an English accent? It was incredibly irritating.
By far not enough Gary Oldman

*Mostly this is achieved by totally inappropriate slapstick and an even more inappropriate score. This is a ghost story, people, it’s okay if it’s a little uncanny.

Did I just actually cram a review into a table? *shakes head* I feel like that wasn’t the revelation it could have been.

Anyway. I still don’t like Zemeckis as a director. But I did like the script (minus the slapstick), that was really good. And the way the ghosts looked was amazing. Especially the Ghost of Christmas Past. The 3D animation was nice.

But it just felt a little hollow – I still don’t know why it was necessary to have yet another version of this. Seems like one is coming out every year.

It’s watchable, but if you don’t, you’ll probably survive, too.

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