As I was watching I couldn't help but to think that it is one of the scariest looking Christmas Carols I have ever seen. I really enjoyed it. The 3D was done really well. It felt really faithful to the old style and to the book and that's what I loved about it. It wasn't a playoff like most Christmas Carol movies are. The acting was good other than Jim Carrey and his accent that came and went. Somtimes he sounded grinch like and sometimes he sounded like Ace Ventura and sometimes he sounded like he was trying a british accent but all of that is just nitpicky. The trouble with A Christmas Carol is that everyone has seen it and knows the story so really the only reason you should see this is if you want to see it in 3D or because you love the story. Nothing new or groundbreaking other than the visuals. The first 2/3 of the movie I thought was very good, but once the Ghost of Christmas present shows up I thought it went off in a way it shouldn't have. Seemed like they put a scene in there just to put there own stamp on it and it didn't fit with the movie. Almost seemed rushed to get to the end. Very dark most of the way through and if I was under 10 years old it would have probably frightened me a good bit.
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I previewed it the other day to see if it was worth taking my 4 year old son to see. I think some parts of it would be really frightening for younger children. Children 8 years of age or older could probably handle it as they may understand the frightening content in perspective, but for a younger child that may not understand, it may be too frightening for them.
I thought it was a good movie though. I thought the three ghosts brought out a nightmarish perspective that Scrooge ultimately needs to redeem/repent for his old ways. Some other renditions of A Christmas Carol do not capture that. Rather, in some versions, you have two kindhearted spirits and a frightening grim reaper type phantom, and suddenly Scrooge changes from a miserable human being to one of the most compassionate characters in literature. Yes, that is how the story goes (changing his ways after the spirits reveal to him how negatively he has affected individuals around him), but some versions do not tap into just how haunting the spirits could have been to Scrooge that ultimately changes him, not just the shadows of what was and what may be. At least this version gives purpose to his change, as it truly frightens him and forces him to understand the error of his ways. I also enjoyed some of the spiritual undertones in the film, though there have been some other versions that have displayed it much more clearly. Atleast Disney does not try to hide that from the story.
Only thing I didn't like about it was it didn't dig into Scrooge's past as other versions have. It didn't go into much detail about his past with his sister. It also barely touches the romantic history with Belle (A Muppet Christmas Carol and The version with Kelsey Grammar did a much better job at that.) I thought some pivital story elements were rushed a tad so the film could focus more on the amusement park ride that you seem to go through.
It is entertaining, but I would leave the kids at home for this one. In the theater, some children near me just sat through those frightening scenes either shocked or frightened at what they had seen. Other children in the theater were laughing at those scenes. I guess you could tell which children have been desensatized by such things. That, or they took it in stride.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
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