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From Walt Disney Pictures comes the magical retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale — Disney’s A Christmas Carol, the high-flying, heartwarming adventure for the whole family, starring Jim Carrey. When three ghosts take penny-pinching Scrooge on an eye-opening journey, he discovers the true meaning of Christmas -- but he must act on it before it’s too late. Complete with spirited bonus features, this exhilarating and touching Disney classic is destined to be part of your holiday tradition, adding sparkle and heart to all your Christmases yet to come.
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Of course, the reason for these Disneyisms is clear: the makers of this version need to keep the attention of child viewers alert and action-happy. If I'd previewed these moments only I would have bet the entire movie was nothing but idiotic action. Gladly it is NOT - and what remains is something quite fine and mostly faithful to its source material.
This is a very artistic film, rich in period detail, by turns intimate (such as the scenes spent with the Cratchit family) and panoramic (as in the flights through the streets of London and through Time and Space). It is absolutely incredible how vocal and bodily performances by actual actors can be transmuted by the magic of computers into, well, a living cartoon without its actually being a cartoon. The idea of motion capture goes back to Max Fleischer who patented the idea of the Rotoscope in order to simplify the process of animating movement by tracing frames of live action film. Fleischer utilized this process in the SUPERMAN cartoons of the early forties - and in the full-length cartoon of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS. Technology has since then made a quantum leap with computerized motion capture - and the results are awesome and evocative.
This is an age of excess and over-the-topness in current films. Like kids playing with new toys, many of our filmmakers don't know when to stop with the thrills of computer wizardry. This movie literally dies when it is trying too-hard to be most lively. Luckily, one can be an editor by way of fast forwarding through the inanities! Also luckily, the pluses of Disney's A CHRISTMAS CAROL outweigh the negatives. This is a version of the classic tale that the entire family can enjoy. The Ghosts are, yes, scary - but by keeping so much of the original dialog and main themes of the original novel this is a version that can be both entertaining and educational to anyone - children of all ages! - not familiar with Dickens' actual tale. Recommended - if only to see Scrooge take the coins off the dead Marley's eyes lest they be sealed in the coffin and thereby wasted according to Scrooge's rapacious worldview.
Merry Day-after-Christmas - and God Bless Us, everyone!
I purchased this movie mainly just to add another 3D title to my movie collection. So needless to say, I had it for quite a while before ever viewing it. But now, after viewing this movie, I wish I had watched it sooner! I found the movie very well done. The story line was entrancing and at times a real treat. I would consider this to be a great movie for the entire family, although the very young ones at around 6 or younger might find it a little frightful at times. Also I must add, this movie would be enjoyable any time of the year!
The 3D aspect was done very well. I have seen better but by no means was this done poor. There where a few times when the 3D was a little underwhelming, and I may have noticed a slight ghosting here and there (notice the pun there ;) LOL) But all in all a pretty decent 3D rendering is what you can expect. Please keep on mind that not all 3D Televisions are made the same and some 3D TV's just aren't any good at 3D - period. Luckily we have a good 65" 3D TV that does a tremendous job at rendering a great 3D image. So when a great 3D movie is played on our television, it is a very special treat as we can expect it to play just as good as any theatre can provide us. So you can trust my advice when I say that this 3D movie is a good one.
I will sum this review up with this advice. If you are at all on the fence about whether you should buy this movie or not, I would suggest you do, and enjoy it.
I know we sure did!
The only negative was the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come part. There was a rather long scene with Scrooge being chased by a hearse. It dragged on endlessly and had little value to the story. Also, at the end of this scene, Scrooge shrinks down to about six inches tall and talks in a squeaky voice. Christmas Carol meets the Borrowers? I think not!
A bit darker than some versions. The Ghost of Christmas Present actually dies at the end of his scene and turns into a skeleton that decays to dust. Ignorance and Want grow up into a young thug and an insane prostitute. A good extrapolation of what Dickens was trying to say with these symbols, but a bit lurid and possibly upsetting to children (if any happen to be watching).
Overall, a great new take on an old classic. Next to Patrick Stewart's version, which is incredible, I'd say it's right up there with the best.
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