Christmas Movie Reviews

Christmas Movie Review: Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Disney’s A Christmas Carol – Jim Carrey

The Story (Potential Spoilers)

I used this below story description for a previous review of A Christmas Carol starring Patrick Stewart.  The same holds true for this version……..

Do I need to recap this story which has been adapted for film, radio, television, school plays and probably even acted out, at some point, by every English speaking person (“Bah Humbug”, anyone)? 

Sure, why not……I’ll be brief though.  Ebenezer Scrooge, at the sheer mention of his name strikes terror.  He’s a miserly businessman who works his clerk, Bob Cratchit to the bone.  He counts every penny, every night.  He counts every coal, every day.  He simply is a, well, a “Scrooge”.

That is until his journey or rather transformation begins with a visit from the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley.  Jacob bears a dire warning, change or end up like him carrying his burdens (chains) for all time and in a constant state want. 

He declares to Scrooge that he will be visited by three ghosts. These ghosts will take Scrooge on a journey from the past to the future, revealing how he became who he is and how he will be if he remains on this chosen course.

Will Scrooge choose to remain on his current path or will he see the error of his ways?

My Thoughts

I will admit straight forth that I am a sucker for A Christmas Carol in any form. It is my favorite Christmas story and revisit it in one form or another nearly on a monthly basis.

Where to start with this wonderful adaptation of A Christmas Carol.  There are so many fine aspects it confounds the mind.

I would like to begin with the technical presentation.  My initial viewing was the 3D Blu-ray, followed by the 2D Blu-ray.  The picture in either format is top of the line.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol is one of the most beautifully detailed cgi films I’ve ever seen.  From the grisly wrinkled forehead of Scrooge to the subtleness of a single snowflake, A Christmas Carol redefines motion capture cgi.

Victorian England is presented just as my mind’s eye has imagined it.  The cobblestone streets of London are a thing of remarkable beauty, just as the wonderous snowscapes of the English countryside.  I dare could not find a more stunning hi-def presentation.

As previously mentioned, the story is that of legend.  We’ve heard it, seen it and in some cases sung it.  It’s the same here and remarkably close to the Dicken’s novel, save the mini-Scrooge scurrying through London.  That nitpick aside, the story is clear, concise and true to the source material.

The most surprising aspect of the movie were the images of horror.  Yeah, I said horror.  After all it is a ghost story.  The little ones may be turned off and frightened by several sequences.  However, this shouldn’t diminish the movie in a family setting, just be prepared to either cover the small one’s eyes or explain, there’s no need to be afraid.

Overall and pretty much without exception, Disney’s A Christmas Carol is a triumph and it receives my highest possible recommendation.

Highest Possible Recommendation

My Score

9.5 Candy Canes out of 10

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