Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Classic, yet Fresh
It’s the holiday season, so why NOT watch a Christmas-themed Jim Carrey movie to add to my review collection? Well every single time they add yet ANOTHER version of Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”, they have to add an unmet element. I believe for this film they added three. First of all, it is CGI, they have had animated Christmas Carols before, but not CGI…I don’t think. Secondly, it is 3D. Finally, and this is my favorite part, Jim Carrey sporting his best Tyler Perry impersonation as he plays all the key characters. Let’s get on with it.
Now I’m not going to pretend you don’t already know the story. Anyone who is anyone knows the story, as it has been told countless times. A version of it is on TV every year. Here’s what they hold – a old, lonely, and greedy man named Ebeneezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) who hates Christmas is visited by three spirits that remind Scrooge of who he is, was, and is to come – ultimately exposing his troubling ways, and making him the man who he needs to be just in time for Christmas Day.
For the most part, this Disney film follows very closely to the classic story, with a few fresh bits here and there that haven’t been seen before in previous versions of “A Christmas Carol“. The Ghost of Christmas Past, for example, was a soft-spoken spirit that appeared as a ghostly candle. Christmas Present, however, brought back all those memories of the large bearded spirit we’ve always known. The same can be said for Christmas Future, but what really made this film something else was the special effects.
The visuals presented in this version was absolutely astonishing, both the graphics and animation were impressive which added an element that this classic story could benefit off of, creating an ultimate display of beauty. All without any distraction to the end message of Christmas spirit, and what truly matters in life. When deciding on which version of the story to watch, truly this film will be among the short list.
The mere fact that Carrey played all of the ghosts as well as Scrooge at every age is remarkable, but not surprising given Carrey’s ever-changing persona. He played every one with ease, and I don’t think the movie would have even been as good or unique if he didn’t play each of the ghosts. Him playing the ghosts was also a very smart move in my opinion, as the ghosts seem to be a part of Scrooge’s character. Not only do they have knowledge of the past, present, and future, but their characters are that of his inner child, larger than life egocentric personality as an adult, and well…his deadness in the future for the cloaked spirit. The same goes for Gary Oldman, as he played the characters closest to Scrooges heart, Marley, Cratchit, and Tiny Tim. The two were able to facilitate their chemistry in more than one way.
All in all, this is a very entertaining watch. It brings the classic story to life in a way that hasn’t been done before, and in a way that youths can enjoy and appreciate the age-old tale.