It's a painfully expressive movie filled with bleak, chilling imagery. Apart from the famous ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come , which were not unusual in literature of the time, it has time travel and parallel worlds, where each significant choice leads to a branching of reality, which is a staple of much great sci fi. This version is a must-watch every Christmas. Scrooge now finds himself back in bed, where he is woken by Sam's dulcet tones drifting up from the street below. But, it's too late, there's no escape.
This adaptation has my absolute favorite depiction of Scrooge's nephew, Fred. With Seymour Hicks As Scrooge The best known silent adaptation of A Christmas Carol was the 1913 version starring Seymour Hicks as the miserly curmudgeon. But what makes it a classic are details like this that show how flawed, limited people can be redeemed by the thought and spirit of something larger than themselves. Marley tells Scrooge that he has a single chance to avoid the same fate: he will be visited by three spirits and must listen or be cursed to carry much heavier chains of his own. Scrooge extinguishing the first spirit In the early 19th century the celebration of Christmas was associated in Britain with the countryside and peasant revels, disconnected to the increasing urbanisation and industrialisation taking place. Though most of us if not all of us have seen other adaptations in the past or read the story,and know already what to expect,Stewart manages to capture pure magic with his stunningly awesome portrayal of main character Ebenezer Scrooge,and it is definitely worth a look. In fact, he's tiny, which sets you wondering how tiny Tiny Tim is going to be.
I could think of no other current actor who could approach Stewarts ability to grasp this complex role and after viewing the film I am convinced; Stewart is a genius. The supporting cast is wonderful. The music, too, seemed perfect. Patrick Stewart demonstrates once again his versatility on screen in this telling of Charles Dickens' classic story. I find anything of human form without a face disturbing.
Summary: Disney's A Christmas Carol, a multi-sensory thrill ride re-envisioned by Robert Zemeckis, captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking 3-D motion picture event. I did, however, have strong objections to the young Cratchits banging on the dinner table with their cutlery. Patrick Stewart gives us a Scrooge that is, most certainly, different to the majority of the portrayals, but one that is both watchable and enjoyable; and it was a brave decision not to use prosthetics to age him, as has been done with other versions. Even today when we think of Christmas we may think of a Dickensian Christmas; he seems to have invented the archetypal Christmas, alongside Prince Albert and his Christmas tree. Whilst you're at it, why not have Price narrate it in his best Ghost of Christmas Patronising tone? While there aren't many huge laughs, there's enough levity to break through the otherwise somber nature of Scrooge's time-traveling, life-changing visits to Christmases past, present, and future. Young Ebenezer's interaction with his blonde pigtailed romantic interest Belle in the Christmas Past segment is a continuous riff of comic surprises. Keep an eye on the section in scene two when Marley's face manifests on the doorknocker and, inadvertently, makes a brief appearance through the back of Scrooge's hat! Given that this is a silent movie, and Dickens himself was such a dedicated wordsmith, it's interesting to watch a Dickens story being told without any actual words being spoken.
As a true lover of anything Dickens, this by far is one of my favorite of his works. They might well have a point, as he makes a pretty darned good job of it! Is that some kind of an itch that you can't stop scratching? The review recommended that the tale should be printed on cheap paper and priced accordingly. Dickens's attitudes towards organised religion were complex; he based his beliefs and principles on the. What about the issue of suffering? Perhaps all I need is to make reading of Dickens's tale a Christmas tradition of my own and turn this time into a period of self analysis. No trouble to get through! By way of an example, we witness a trio of Artful Dodger type street urchins, jostling a respectable gentleman, who doesn't seem to notice that they've gone and picked his pocket and stolen his watch. Patrick Stewart is quite believable as a Victorian British gentleman miser. Published on 19 December, the first edition sold out by ; by the end of 1844 thirteen editions had been released.
Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. By the close of February 1844 eight rival A Christmas Carol theatrical productions were playing in London. While Dickens's Victorian audiences would have viewed the tale as a spiritual but secular parable, in the early 20th century it became a children's story, read by parents who remembered their parents reading it when they were younger. Now I was passing it on to my son to read to his kids. And we all know it by heart too, from reading it as children with our grandparents maybe, as young adults for essays in high school, as adults to our own children.
Would Tiny Tim be the proud possessor of a hover crutch? I urge you to look at the rating and not read this review if you have not seen it. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other world. Indeed, so spooky are some of the scenes, that the reviews on Amazon are awash with parents awarding it a mere one or two stars, on the grounds that it traumatized their offspring; and, as a consequence, advising parental caution when allowing your own children to watch it. Evidently, this man is no fan of the Boogie Woogie Bugle Sisters from company nine, and proceeds to switch his gramophone off without even bothering to first lift the stylus off the record. Strength In true Dickens style, the words are beautiful.
Would Scrooge punch anyone on the nose who dared to call him a turkey? The story I will not repeat for you. The Christmas Past sequence isn't particularly memorable - albeit there is one Christmas miracle in that, when the ghost and Scrooge enter the classroom to find the solitary younger Scrooge sitting all alone, we learn that the reason Scrooge's father so despises his son is that his wife died giving birth to Scrooge. Fortunately, he is rescued by Nancy Zamit, playing the part of Annie, who scrawls his lines on to any props he is likely to be close to, or using, in his scenes, and he delivers them with deadpan brilliance. At least in this Dickens fan's humble opinion. And we all know it by heart too, from reading it as children with our grandparents maybe, as young adults for essays in high school, as adults to our own children.
Just how creepy the film is going to be becomes evident from the outset, when the camera zooms out from the wizened, white face of a very dead Jacob Marley, his jaw bandaged shut, and two pennies covering his eyes. Charles John Huffam Dickens was a writer and social critic who created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Dickens' Christmas Books, Christmas Stories, and Other Short Fiction. Archived from on November 9, 2009. In fact, it has the feel of an old 19th century Christmas card that has, somehow, come magically to life. And They've All Come Back To Haunt Him Will Scrooge reform his ways in time to celebrate Christmas? Apart from several verbal references to Magooo's short sightedness, the production is free from the usual Mr.
What is your favorite character in this story? It is one of those films that is compulsive viewing, sometimes for the wrong reasons, and the storyline, whilst not deliberately setting out to be so, is riddled with unintentional comic moments. Written by Goofs According to Scrooge's 'future' tombstone it says he was born in 1786 meaning Scrooge is just 2 months short of his 58th birthday but he looks more like he is in his seventies from his appearance to a use of a walking stick. Whenever December comes by I always enjoy watching it. Instead we are left with sugar-coated Dickens in which even the starving beggars look like they could benefit from a New Year crash diet. Indeed, you fully expect David Warner to burst in to tears at any moment as he delivers some of his lines. Dickens returned to the tale several times during his life to amend the phrasing and punctuation.