Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’EntertainmentMovie Reviews

Disneys-A-Christmas-Carol scene

 

Disney's "A Christmas Carol" scene.

 

“Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” composed and produced by Robert Zemeckis, is a wonderful piece of burnished seasonal entertainment that utilizes the latest technology of 3-D projection to transmit a huge, powerful and occasionally scary edition of the Charles Dickens story on which the story is predicated. The casting of Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge could seduce a viewer to expect some dark humor.

However, the twists and turns of the movie conform to mainstream viewers. It maintains close proximity of strong moral virtues of

Disney's "A Christmas Carol" movie poster.

the themes. Zemeckis’s production incorporates Dickens’s prose to give a distinct flavor to the movie.  The ghosts that materialize to helpless Scrooge on his nightlong odyssey are unmitigated horror. Parents with young families deem yourselves cautioned, the movie outlines most of its cruelty and narcissism that marks the parameters of Scrooge’s reality.

Scrooge’s lack of generosity and compassion for the poor is severe; however, his attitude does not contradict the main social construct of society. The constant reminder of death or fear of mortality is seen throughout the movie from the beginning to the end. The profound terror resides at the core of the movie, rendering it with unbearable feelings of despondency and of destitution.

Scrooge attempts to restore his humanity, however, and Zemeckis enjoys projecting Scrooge’s callous company, especially the pompous, Ghost of Christmas Present.  Nevertheless, there is magic and divinity in the manner of which Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past swoop over the roofs of London during their mission to reach Ebenezer’s childhood home.

Certainly, there are moments when the passion for extravagance and special effects gets carried away and over-used. For instance, a chase sequence where Scrooge is running from the skeletal ghost of Christmas. The attempt to inflate the third act with action-movie thrills is foreign to the concept and logos of the movie. Arguably, it is the main lapse in the movie that otherwise is a piece of poised with melodrama and selfishness.

Overall, the movie remains one of the greatest works of holiday literature, and the director stayed truly authentic to the themes in the movie.  Zemeckis’s traditionalism induces the success of the movie’s production.

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