As it’s that time of year and I want to spread some Christmas cheer, thought I would visit my favourite Christmas Carol movies……….
If you don’t know the story of a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens then you my friend are a piece of wood
One of my favourite Christmas movies. A lot of people say that Bill Murray’s character of Frank Cross is unlike able Would you prefer a warm and fuzzy Scrooge for the first half? Then there are those who say that the end is sappy. The ending is what I like the most. And Murray’s acting is much better than other Scrooges, who usually overact. Murray manages to be over-the-top with his cruelty while still making his acting believable. Cross is truly Scrooge-like, revealing in the death of an old woman caused by his commercial because it’s free publicity. Another common comment is that Carol Kane steals the scene as the Ghost of Christmas Present. Not true. The chemistry between Murray and Kane ensures that they share the screen perfectly. This is a wonderful movie. I can’t understand why anyone would say otherwise. Bobcat Goldthwait puts in a great performance as a disgruntled employee fired on Christmas Eve. The best part is the end. This movie has what has to be the happiest ending in the history of movies. He understands the meaning of Christmas, gets a new lease on life, gets the girl, the little boy talks, and everybody sings a song. Danny Elfman provides the score, doing a brilliant job as always.
Albert Finney gives a tour-de-force performance as Ebeneezer Scrooge. He is barely middle-age when making the film yet gives one of the best cranky, curmudgeonly old man performances seen in film. Finney gives such life to lines that have become tainted by overuse over the years. All the performers do excellent jobs with some old English stalwarts lending a hand. Dame Edith Evans plays one of the most charming and pithy Ghosts of Christmas Pasts I have seen. Kenneth Moore, an under-appreciated actor, adds so much life as the Ghost of Christmas Present. And let’s not forget Alec Guinness as the Ghost of Jacob Marley. In some moments he is a clown and others a very scary spirit. The scene where Scrooge sees his fate as being a co-worker of Marley’s in Hell is one of the most innovative plot additions I have seen to this classic, timeless tale. Guinness hams it up; watch how he walks with those chains all over him. The actors playing Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Nephew Fred, Mr. Fezziwig, and so on are all very believable and give genuine performances. I love the music. I know some people are not musical people, but each song is catchy and some like “I Hate People,” “I Like Life,” “December the 25th,” and the best “Thank You Very Much” will possibly remain in your head days after having seen the film. Because of its status as a tale of redemption and forgiveness and the possibility each of us have in changing our lives. I cannot say enough good about this film. What more can you ask for than good, solid acting, mellifluous tunes, authentic Victorian settings, and one heck of a good ghost story with a moral that each of us can relate to. If you don’t like musicals, you will be put off by people combusting into song.
3.A Christmas Carol (1999)
It’s all in the writing of course. Stay true to Dickens’ peerless source material, get the production values right and employ good actors and actresses and all should be well, as is here. Here, the excellent Patrick Stewart (executive producer too) convincingly portrays Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey from dark to light. Richard E Grant seems to me a little young and clean almost for the Bob Cratchit part, I saw Kevin Whately more in the part. The rest of the cast are fine in supplementary roles whilst I also enjoyed the special effects evocations of Jacob Marley’s ghost and the three Christmas spirits who all initially scare and torment old Scrooge but ultimately lead him to righteousness. Best scenes are the first entry of Marley’s ghost, the spurning of the young Scrooge by his young love and Stewart’s difficulty in bringing out a laugh in his relief at his chance of redemption. The cinematography is generally good, with sprinklings of snow in most scenes to further accentuate the Christmas feel to the whole film. As stated earlier, it would be hard to go wrong here and with so many modern adaptations around, it was nice to see this wonderful Christmas story set so well in its own period.
2.Mickey’s Christmas Carol
As the title suggests, this is something that you probably should watch whenever Christmas time rolls around. I loved this, it is one of those early 1980’s Disney efforts that you will never want to forget. This is one of those rare holiday treats that are going to have to watch over and over again whenever Christmas time comes around. I enjoyed this incredibly, it scores big on my scale!As the title suggests, this is an animated retelling of the classic story by Charles Dickens, but only this time around, it is a bit different. This contains a lot of your favourite Disney characters, such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Scrooge McDuck, and the rest of the famous Disney Crew. I am willing to be that Walt Disney would have been impressed with this if he had lived to see it. Walt Disney was a genius, he was a total and complete genius, and he would have loved this if he had lived to see it!Well all in all, this is a timeless Christmas classic, it ranks right up there with the best. Whenever Christmas time comes around, take the time to watch it, because when you do, the chances are you are going to totally and completely love it!
It’s really just my favourite Christmas movie EVER, it topped my chart last year and it has again. Click on the title to re-read my review.