A Christmas Carol

2020

Animation / Drama

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IMDb Rating 5.1 10 179

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November 29, 2021 at 09:56 AM

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Cast

Simon Russell Beale as Scrooge's voice
Siân Phillips as Grandmother / narrator
Leslie Caron as The Ghost of Christmas Past
Daniel Kaluuya as The Ghost of Christmas Present
720p.WEB
884.74 MB
1280*538
English 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 36 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by CinemaSerf 6 / 10

Lovely but lacklustre interpretation of a smashing story.

This is a thing of beauty to watch - indeed it could easily have been devised by Sir Matthew Bourne's "New Adventures" theatre company as an intricate retelling of this epitome of Christmas stories. The dancing is innovative, creative and clever. The literal adaptation of the story, however, leaves a lot to be desired. The overwhelming sentiment of Dickens' work is largely lost amongst the watered down animated characterisations that though delicate and stunning, are linear and - frankly - rather dull. The narration from theatrical luminaries such as Simon Russell Beale (whom I have recently seen performing the role in a socially distanced performance on stage in London) are fine, but overly abridged leaving us without much of the nuance of the original story. This is certainly not the worst iteration of the story, and the animation takes a clever approach - but it's not a film that will go down in the annals as one of the better stories of "Scrooge" et al.

Reviewed by trinaboice 9 / 10

Technically brilliant but boring for most viewers

IN A NUTSHELL: Directed by Jacqui Morris, this artsy-fartsy version of the story we all know and love this time of year is nothing like you've ever seen before. It's being described as a "radical retelling" of the story that has already been filmed over 70 times! Did we need another version?

Dancers will appreciate the flowing action the story utilizes and it really feels like a mixture of theater, film, and ballet. The movie's official summary reads, "The classic tale unfolds in a rich tapestry of highly absorbing, theatrical drama featuring sumptuous visual effects inspired by the techniques of early cinema. In a daring twist of format, characters are portrayed by dancers and voiced by an eclectic cast of the world's most recognizable actors."

If watching movies every Christmas based on this 1843 Charles Dickens classic is your annual tradition, you just might like this new take. In fact, Charles Dickens is actually listed as one of the writers of the film! It kind of feels like you're watching a play by Shakespeare...you don't quite love it like you wished you did, but know you're better and more cultured for having seen it.

TIPS FOR PARENTS: Most kids will be very bored and maybe a bit confused, especially if they've never seen anything like this kind of storytelling before. For adults...same. Prostitution mentioned Bullying

THEMES: Service & love for others The purpose of life Regret Change Acts of kindness Empathy and compassion Choices and consequences Social injustice Family Isolation Memory Forgiveness

THINGS I LIKED: The voice talent includes Andy Serkis (The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring ), who also played the Ghost of Christmas Past in a live-action BBC mini-series version of this story in 2019. Others include Cary Mulligan, Martin Freeman, Simon Russell Beale, and Daniel Kaluuya. The color-blind casting is utilized in voice, acting, and dance talent throughout the film. I loved the technically-impressive, ghost-like filter on the actors. It feels like a stage play we're watching on the other side of an ethereal cloth. Another reviewer described watching the movie like "peering into a dusty Victorian box." True. The dancers are led by former Royal Ballet and BalletBoyz founder Michael Nunn. The styles blend ballet with breakdance, if you can imagine that! Even the actors sitting at a desk are constantly moving. Lovely musical score by Alex Baranowski. The animated backdrops add to the story-like feeling of Victorian England. Translating this into any other language will be a piece of cake because the actors' mouths don't move, so the dubbed language will look seamless. Creative set designs. Sian Phillips' narration offers the perfect British voice you'd want to tell this story. Some symbolism that is illustrated well in this telling:

  • Scrooge = the beliefs and values of Victorian England in the 1800s


  • Bob Cratchit = the spirit of Christmas that Charles Dickens wanted to see revived


  • Fire = the warmth of the Christmas season


  • Marley's chains = his priorities, beliefs, and money that keep him a slave


  • Ghost of Christmas Present = generosity, peace, joy


  • Light coming from the Ghost Christmas Past = memories


THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE: I think it would be better received as a stage play than as a movie. Despite the constant movement, the movie lacks energy. The movie poster doesn't do anything to attract the right audience.

Reviewed by penelopeleanne 2 / 10

Pretentious and Boring

So much potential and very different but fell flat. Lovely visuals but a storytelling narrative and tone to send you to sleep and Scrooge's voice wasn't much better - lacked intonation. Weird mixture of storytelling, theatre and dance where characters do not actually speak their words and only 'dance' which consisted simply of them constantly flailing their arms about and spinning around - not creative modern dance at all. How to ruin a Classic! Pretentious and boring.

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