A Christmas Carol

Posted: August 3, 2010 in Reviews
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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Cast: Cary Elwes, Ryan Ochoa, Daryl Sabara, Robin Wright, Bob Hoskins, Michael Fox, Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Christopher Lloyd, Fay Masterson, Sammi Hanratty, Tarah Paige
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Date Released: 6 November 2009

Story? Well, don’t we all know it? No? Ok, here’s a summary. Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is a rich man, but a very miserly man. Miserly to the limit of cruelty. He runs a counting house (what sort of a job is that?!!) with the assistance of a sweet man called Bob Cratchit (Gary Oldman). It’s Christmas time and it is the time when Scrooge is his miserable best. He frowns at the carolers, kicks away the people asking for donations, refuses the invitations from his own nephew (Colin Firth). Later that night, he is visited by the ghost of his dead partner who warns him to mend his ways; else he is doomed to carry heavy chains till eternity. His chance to mending his ways are three ghosts, Ghosts of Christmas Past (Jim Carrey), Christmas Present (Jim Carrrey, again), and Christmas Yet to Come. The Ghosts make him realize that consequences of his actions and what might happen to him if he didn’t mend his ways. Realizing his mistakes, Scrooge mends his ways and slowly gains respect in the eyes of the people around him.

People have made half an hour long movies and three hour long movies on the same story. I have even seen a Mickey Mouse version of this story. I have not seen the others. I must say that this movie presented to me a very human angle to Ebenezer Scrooge’s character. Why did he turn into the miser and money obsessed fool he was? It showed to me how he loved his sister and his regret at realizing that he had not given his nephew the love that did his dead sister justice. It showed how he appreciates working under a man like Mr. Fezziwig. It showed to me that in spite of being so miserly and seemingly heartless, he has a soft corner in his heart for Tiny Tim, his assistant Bob Cratchit’s little son, who is physically handicapped and is likely to die of lack of appropriate treatment.

to be continue..


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