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A Christmas Carol

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A Christmas Carol

Robert Zemeckis (2009)

95min
PG Certificate
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Jim Carrey spreads himself thin in this faithful animated adaptation of the Dickens classic, playing not only the miserly Scrooge but also the ghosts who visit him on a cold Christmas Eve. The star does a fair English accent, but it's difficult to see why director Robert Zemeckis cast such a zany actor only to put him in a straitjacket. The tone is also rather uneven, with Zemeckis making London sparkly clean and glossing over darker moments by either submitting to comedy (Gary Oldman pulling faces as Scrooge's dead business partner) or resorting to stunts, like a horse-and-cart chase just as Scrooge must confront his own mortality. Thankfully, the motion-capture technology doesn't have the same unnatural effect it did in the director's earlier Polar Express, but it doesn't do justice to the actors, either. Basically, it's a ghost story without the soul.

Summary

A foul-tempered Victorian miser who hates the festive season is visited on Christmas Eve by a series of ghosts. The spirits intend to make him mend his wicked ways by showing him visions of the past, the present and what the future will hold for him if he does not change for the better. Animated fantasy based on Charles Dickens' novel, featuring motion-captured performances by Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman.

Cast & Crew

Ebenezer Scrooge / Ghost of Christmas Past / Ghost of Christmas Present / Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Jim Carrey
Fred Colin Firth
Bob Cratchit / Marley / Tiny Tim Gary Oldman
Belle / Fan Robin Wright
Mr Fezziwig / Old Joe Bob Hoskins
Dick Wilkins / Portly gentleman no 1 / Mad fiddler / guest no 2 / Businessman no 1 Cary Elwes
Belinda Cratchit Molly Quinn
Mrs Dilber Fionnula Flanagan
Peter Cratchit / Undertaker's apprentice / Tattered caroler / Beggar boy / Well-dressed caroler Daryl Sabara
Martha Cratchit / Guest no 1 / Caroline Fay Masterson
Caroline's husband Callum Blue
Mrs Cratchit Lesley Manville
Director Robert Zemeckis
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Disney Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 30 Oct 2009

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