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Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis had attempted to create a
feature film using strictly motion or performance, capture
technology in his holiday story The Polar Express, and the
action-packed Beowulf. Now movie A Christmas
Carol is his third effort in this regard.
A Christmas Carol is a Walt Disney Pictures release and
it is rated PG for scary sequences and images. It is a whiz-bang
3-D thrill-ride with all the emotional satisfaction squeezed out of
it. It's an animation technique that results in characters that are
stuck somewhere between being animated and being flesh and blood.
Zemeckis has told a classic tale through new technology in the
The movie is an adaptation of Charles Dickens" story, which was
written in 1838. It's a fair adaptation of the story, but it is
missing a certain charm that was present in those earlier
adaptations. This version of A Christmas Carol has very
little story and even less Christmas cheer. The movie moves at a
slower pace and the chase scenes tend to distract more than they
Ebeneezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is a rich old miser, who hates to
spend on Christmas celebration. Seven Christmas Eves after the
death of his partner Jacob Marley, the ghost of Marley visits
Scrooge and warns him that he will be visited by three spirits. The
three spirits arrive to remind Scrooge of the events of past
Christmases, to show him how those around him are celebrating the
current Christmas, and to warn him of what future Christmases may
hold in store if he does not change his ways.
Jim Carrey has played three versions of Scrooge as well as The
Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Although he has done
justice to all his roles as much as possible to him, Zemeckis could
have signed in different actors for all these roles. Robin Wright
Penn has played Scrooge's young love Belle. Zemeckis has changed
her appearance so much so that Penn is unrecognizable.
Although the movie A Christmas Carol has amazing 3-D work, it is
too cold on any emotional level. The movie can be enjoyed for the
artistry, but it cannot be a full-fledged film.
Producer: Kevin Von Feldt
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Casts: Jim Carrey, Robin Wright Penn, Gary
Oldman, Cary Elwes, Bob Hoskins, Daryl Sabara, Steve Valentine,
Julian Holloway, Jacquie Barnbrook, Ryan Ochoa and others