Movie Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL
This story has been done so many times, with varying degrees of success ranging from the one with George C. Scott to the one with Jim Carrey. My first experience with Charles Dickins’s masterpiece was with an animated special that aired on Thanksgiving when I was a little boy. That one, along with the Muppets’ take on it, were my favorites, and now I can add the newest version, the FX miniseries. If you missed it when it aired, do yourself a favor and look it up. This is, as far as I’m concerned, the new definitive version of the tale. It is magnificent.
It surprises me really that no one had thought to do A CHRISTMAS CAROL as a straight Horror movie before. (If anyone ever has I failed to notice it.) The material lends itself so easily to grim chills. I daresay that Dickins *intended* for his story to be scary. With the passage of time and countless retellings that grimness has been diluted, the gravitas weakened. The new film adds it back, in spades. Building on the story while remaining true to its spirit, fleshing out the characters more, it leaves the moral of the tale intact; indeed it makes the moral all the more effective. Giving us a Scrooge who is multifaceted and complex allows for a more satisfying redemption for the character and for the audience who has followed him along his road of trials. Visually the film is gorgeous in its icy aesthetic, and solid acting supports the script and cinematography. This one will be a new Christmas tradition for me, and it should be for you as well.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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