by Marcus at the Movies
November 13, 2009
I doubt if there are many who are unfamiliar with this classic tale. For those rare ones who are, do not see this movie until you've seen a more traditional version. Let me suggest my favorite, the 1938 black-and-white classic featuring Reginald Owen.
This streamlined, fast-paced model is good for three reasons: effects, effects, and effects, all in 3-D which is amazing. It lacks that traditional warmth; in fact it excludes one very important event in all the others. See if you can figure it out.
It's also quite scary for children under the age of about nine. So with that in mind, put those glasses on, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
Jim Carrey, who voices all three Christmas ghosts as well as young and old Scrooge, does a pretty good job with his voice using different accents and such. You don't really picture him like you did in the “Grinch” movie, and I guess it's up to you whether that's a good or bad thing.
I guess this story, no matter the modifications to it, will remain timeless. There will always be Scrooges in the world, coming in the forms of a boss, a landlord, an office manager, a teacher. And there's always that hope that if nothing else works, that magical time of year known as Christmas can melt the hardest of hearts in the Scroogiest of Scrooges -- with a huge wake-up call.
“A Christmas Carol” is great for ages nine and up. See it in 3-D and check your humbugs at the door. This time only comes once a year.
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