November 11, 2009

A GIFT FROM DISNEY TO THE ANTI-MALTHUSIANS:

A Christmas Carol
Jim Carrey is brilliant in this retelling of the classic Christmas story -- this time with stunning computer-generated effects.
(Leticia Velasquez | Wednesday, 11 November 2009, Mercator.net)

Rather than reducing the story line to a vehicle to showcase special effects and off-colour slapstick as do many Christmas-themed films, A Christmas Carol returns to the heart of the Dickens' story. It offers a piercing glimpse of a man in a prison of his own making. But then ghostly visitors quite literally lend him a hand to break free in time to celebrate Christmas. The stunning special 3-D effects were created with performance capture, a technique director Robert Zemeckis used in The Polar Express (2004) and Beowulf (2007).

The emotional power of the acting and the use of Dickens’ original dialogue maintain the strength of the story against the intensity of the special effects. Wild flights through the streets of London and unanticipated bits of levity kept it from being a downer and are likely the very things Dickens had intended with his descriptive passages. Surprisingly, this may be the film which best conforms to his original conception.

Though minor scenes from the book are not shown, and some liberties are taken with the plot, the central scenes are played with respect for their original meaning.


They even kept the bit about "excess populaion" needing to die and it produced an audible silence in the theater. It's too old for litle kids though. The 7 year old thought all the exposition "boring" and bailed early. The 10 year old was gone by ghost of Christmas Present.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 11, 2009 8:24 AM
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