Christmas classic comes to life in 3D
In this modern retelling of the book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, director Robert Zemeckis doesn’t quite hit a home run, but does enough to
make the debut a solid base-hit.
The movie doesn’t really add or take anything away from the story itself.
Actor Jim Carrey voices “Mr. Bah-humbug” along with the spirits of Christmas past, present and future, and he does a good job delving
into the personality of Ebenezer Scrooge, making the character believable.
Scrooge is an interesting character to watch as the movie progresses. We see him grow as he revisits his painful past and the future that contains the products of his actions.
His interaction with family and those closest to him proves to be endearing as his anti-Christmas spirit evolves.
The film jumps into Christmas past without much more background on
Scrooge than the fact that he is cheap, grumpy and pushes everyone away. Really, this is all you need to know about the man to begin the journey, but a little more setting would have been nice.
Christmas past is absolutely brilliant. A candle-like spirit lights up his past, and it hits home with both the viewers and Scrooge.
We see a softer, lighthearted Ebenezer in his childhood, who became more and more protected and hardened as he was left out by classmates.
The loss of his wife also is a telling moment in his story. She remains as the last tie he has to a sympathetic way of life, and he ends up pushing her away just like everyone else.
That being said, Christmas present and Christmas future were dismal.
The scenes in both are over the top and seem like they are intended for rabid monkeys that are hyped up on Red Bull.
God represents the spirit of Christmas present, and flies around in his deckedout holiday room with a transparent floor, showing the struggles of those who are less fortunate.
The concept is timeless, but the scenes themselves were intended for low attention- span society.
In Christmas future, Scrooge is followed by a Grim Reaper-like figure, and
viewers get lost in the symbolism and (again) over the top presentation and execution of a crucial part of this story.
Scrooge is the only bearable thing to watch during these two acts.
There are several Christian themes that run the course of the movie, including forgiveness, grace, humility and love, which are woven subtly, yet effectively, into the persona of Scrooge.
The movie was not necessarily bad. It starts off doing some great things but
trails off in its own flashy displays of super-symbolism and loses much of the effectiveness that the simple story is built upon.
More isn’t always better.