A Christmas Carol – 3D
The Dickens novella was first published in1843, and became an instant and enduring success. It’s a classic story of Christmas that has been made, remade, retold and rehashed over and over again. But never in 3D, like this. With an enthralling blend of scary tension and comedic refrain, Disney’s A Christmas Carol takes you on an elastic ride that lifts you high, drops you down low and then somewhat throws in to the wall.
We all know the story-line so it’s no real surprise, except maybe to the kiddies. But just in case you need reminding. Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late.
Talk about a recipe that should be an easy winner at the box office. Take a classic tale from one of the story-telling masters, add and Academy Award winning director, a team of phenomenal animators and arguably one of the most talented comedic actors of our time and of course you are going to have an epic adventure that can only be described as a tantalizing theme park ride of a movie. Unlike its predecessor “The Polar Express” this movie backs up the wonderfully detailed animation style, with a timeless tale and brilliant acting performances. As each Ghost takes Scrooge on his journey, they fly over and through the city in what can only be likened to being on a rollercoaster without being tied to a track. It is in these moments that the 3D really shines. The wonderfully detailed scenery comes to life completely around your view. I will point out that there are some genuinely jump in your chair moments as the ghosts terrorise Scrooge. Of course they are ghosts and they are attempting to scare him into life change, so it’s got to be expected that we the audience might get a little jumpy at times.
As expected, Jim Carrey tackles seven roles, including Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. However what isn’t expected is that most of the other key vocal actors tackle more than one character too. Gary Oldman voices Ebenezer Scrooge’s always cheerful employee, Bob Cratchett and also Bob’s delightful little son, Tiny Tim.
Over all a wonderful movie fitting the season of its release with lots of laughs, frights and even an awesome morality tale thrown in for good yuletide measure.
Reviewed by: Jon E
Releases: 5th November 2009
Rating: PG – Some Scenes May Scare Very Young Children
Running time: 96 minutes
Genre: Animated Classic
Starring: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Cary Elwes & Robin Wright-Penn
Director: Robert Zemeckis