By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
If you’re making a movie, it helps to have great source material.
Charles Dickens’ story, “A Christmas Carol,” entertains while also touching the heart.
The only problem is I’ve read and seen this story so many times, I was afraid the new animated “A Christmas Carol” would be a let down.
Luckily, that wasn’t an issue. As with its predecessors, this version of “A Christmas Carol” will leave you wanting to be a better person.
Jim Carrey plays Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly man who has no room in his heart for Christmas or charity.
Through the wonder of animation, Carrey also plays Scrooge as a Young Boy, Scrooge as a Teenage Boy, Scrooge as a Young Man and Scrooge as a Middle-Aged Man.
In addition, Carrey performs the three ghosts that visit Scrooge to show him his past, present and future.
It’s a tribute to Carrey’s talent that I noticed very little overlap between the many characters. I’d venture to guess he had the most fun as the Ghost of Christmas Present, whose booming laugh got me into a holiday mood weeks before Thanksgiving.
Dickens’ London is beautifully rendered in three dimensions. There were moments when I thought a snowflake was about to land in my lap. At the same time, the depiction of the “human” characters alternated between impressive detail to something close to blandness.
My main problem with this 21st century version of “A Christmas Carol” is the prolonged chase scenes. They play like eye candy added to the movie because Robert Zemeckis, director and screenwriter, didn’t have complete faith in Dickens’ original material.
As my wife said, “They had to have something for the video game.” Maybe so, but I could’ve done without it.
I give “A Christmas Carol” a B plus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “A Christmas Carol” an A.
“I don’t know how child-friendly it is, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s going to be a classic.”
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