A Christmas Carol: Best to Worst
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- George C. Scott is an incredible Scrooge
- The film takes the source material as a mere guideline, and the writer adds his own unique voice to the material, changing things, making the dry dialogue more digestible and adding a few extra things
- It was shot in an actual town, which makes the setting feel really authentic as opposed to the soundstages and backlots of other versions
- Flavoursome score
Cons:- Feels like a made-for-TV production, as there's not a great deal of flair in the camera angles. Could have done with a bit more polish
- It's a wonderful way to introduce this story to kids. They will find all other versions to be dismally boring, but this one is told by the Muppets, which lightens the tone and atmosphere. It's delightful. And it delivers the messages the story is renowned for in an effective fashion
- Michael Caine makes for a great Scrooge here
- The use of the Muppet characters is absolutely masterful
- It gives the material a new spin and makes it feel fresh again
- Music is awesome
Cons:- Nothing, really. The story has just been done to death, so the film feels a bit predictable
- It's a fresh modern take on the story. It's not afraid to do something daring and creative with the stale source material, but it's also respectful of the Dickens text
- Billy Murray is God
- It's funny as hell, full of one-liners
- It's still relevant over two decades later
Cons:- The PG-13 rating seems to neuter some of the humour. Could've been funnier as a profane R-rated comedy
- Could have been faster paced
- It packs a lot into a brisk running time, and is therefore never boring and never stops moving
- Alistair Sim is back as Scrooge and is as good as ever
- Sumptuous animation
- Unrelentingly dark, like this ghost story should be
Cons:- Bit too short. Could've done with another 5 minutes of content
- Dramatic scenes remains very effective
- Great cast from top to bottom. Reginald Owen makes for a highly effective Scrooge
- Has its own unique voice because it makes a number of changes to the source material which really do work
- It's surprisingly accessible and nimble
Cons:- Too underdone. Rushes through the material a bit too excessively
- Ghostly elements aren't as spooky as they should be
- Animation is amazing. Highly detailed and smooth. The opening shot taking us through London is especially impressive. Plus, the 3D is highly effective.
- Jim Carrey does a fairly impressive job playing so many parts
- Really takes off from time to time
Cons:- Few things really cheapen the experience, including awful slapstick and unbelievable action scenes. Scrooge is a stuntman?
- Dialogue needed to be changed. It's far too dry
- Fails to do anything daring with the source material
I think Charles Dickens' 1843 novella A Christmas Carol is the most adapted literary source ever. There are fucking hundreds of adaptations out there. Here are the versions I've seen, ranked from best to worst.
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