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||IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 from 5,531 votes
||Release: 25 December 2002 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Drama, Fantasy
||Director: David Hugh Jones,
||Stars: Bernard Lloyd, Celia Imrie, Desmond Barrit, Dominic West, Elizabeth Spriggs, Ian McNeice, Joel Grey, John Franklyn-Robbins, Kenny Doughty, Laura Fraser, Liz Smith, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Saskia Reeves, Trevor Peacock
||Synopsis: In 1840s London, Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited businessman who receives his terrifying comeuppance. One Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley, his dead business partner. Marley foretells that Scrooge will be visited by three spirits, each of whom will attempt to show Scrooge the error of his ways. Will Scrooge reform his ways in time to celebrate Christmas? Written by Mike Konczewski
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We are great buffs of A Christmas Carol in our household, and watch
almost every version faithfully each Christmas, including the old 1938
Reginald Owen and the 1984 George C. Scott. Our overall favourite is
the 1951 black and white tale starring Alastair Sim, because for me,
Sim IS Ebeneezer Scrooge, his conversion the most believable. However,
this modern version has its own unique merits and is a more than
satisfying & watchable adaptation. (See my comments on the other films
also, if interested)
Patrick Stewart, once you get past his not being Captain Jean Luc
Picard (difficult for us as Star Trek fans), makes a pretty convincing
Ebeneezer Scrooge and definitely the meanest one of the cinematic
world. This miser is just an incredibly nasty old businessman;
personally, I'd be quite afraid to carol outside HIS office window!
The tale begins uniquely, not with the classic rendering of 'Old Marley
was dead to begin with', but with Marley's actual funeral as attended
by his surviving business partner, the only movie version to detail
this event. However, the rest of the film is quite conventionally done.
Wonderful modern special effects of course, with Marley's ghost (a
quiet but grim & tortured creature here) and so forth. The spirits are
well captured, and the Spirit of Christmas Present is even (unlike
other versions) shown to age, in keeping with the novel, as his twelve
days of Christmas progress toward Twelfth Night.
This adaptation has my absolute favorite depiction of Scrooge's nephew,
Fred. His hearty entry into his miserly uncle's counting house is
absolutely priceless, with his benevolent, booming, 'A Merry Christmas,
Uncle. God save you!' I adore Fred in this tale. I also love the little
added touch at Fred's Christmas dinner party where the punch is heated
with a hot poker. Magnificent! On the other hand, while Mr. Fezziwig is
indeed intended to be plump and jolly, I found the positively fat &
rather crude Fezziwigs (both Mr. & Mrs.) a tad overdone.
Scrooge's sister, Fan, is younger than him here, as in the novel. Most
other versions have her older, and fabricate Scrooge's mother death in
childbirth when he was born. However, Fan is barefoot in this movie
when she comes to her brother's boarding school to retrieve him. How
probable would that be in wintertime?
This movie has by a mile the best depiction of the Cratchit's poverty.
Frankly, in some versions, the Cratchits appear so downright prosperous
that one half expects a servant or two to appear and begin assisting
Mrs. Cratchit with the goose & pudding. These Cratchits are literally
poor as church mice, just as Dickens intended them to be. Bob appears
bone weary, haggard, and long-suffering, Mrs. Cratchit homespun but
cheerful as she goes about her endless chores, and Tiny Tim of course a
very endearing little waif. I did, however, have strong objections to
the young Cratchits banging on the dinner table with their cutlery.
Yes, they were eager for goose, but would never have dreamed of being
so rude. (In the novel, they stuff spoons in their mouths so they won't
shriek for goose!)
If anything, this version is generally the most faithful to Dickens'
novel. For example, it's the adaptation which best depicts Christmas
Present's tale, where the miners, mariners at sea, and prison inmates
are all celebrating Christmas as best they can. Especially dramatic is
the scene in which a prisoner begins playing The First Noel on his
recorder and the other inmates chime in one by one with their voices.
You sense the spirit of Christmas in their midst. Also, this is the
only version I've seen in which the repentant Scrooge attends church on
Christmas morning before his appearance at the nephew's house for
dinner. And at his office next morning, in his little speech to the
befuddled Bob, Scrooge addresses the hot Christmas drink in question by
its proper name, bishop, as per the novel.
Overall, this modern movie is excellent, but doesn't come across quite
as a heartwarming tale. Maybe more realistic, but somehow it seems a
wee bit darker than the others.
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, Celia Imrie
, Desmond Barrit
, Dominic West
, Elizabeth Spriggs
, Ian McNeice
, Joel Grey
, John Franklyn-Robbins
, Kenny Doughty
, Laura Fraser
, Liz Smith
, Patrick Stewart
, Richard E. Grant
, Saskia Reeves
, Trevor Peacock
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