A Christmas Carol (2009)

Written & Directed by Robert Zemeckis

A Christmas Carol is one of the most recognizable and celebrated Christmas stories of all time. Ebenezer Scrooge is known by millions, and Jim Carrey is known by millions too. It doesn’t seem to be a part that is well suited to Carrey, with his up tempo style. But in the end he did a very good job playing Scrooge, especially happy Scrooge because that’s where he went back to his antics that I love so much.

The animation is something that I would call the best part of the film. It astounded me. I have not seen any animation like it before and I thought it was great. The moments that stick out most in my mind were the scenes at night when it is snowing outside. Scrooge is just walking and the snow is falling so gently; it is a perfect moment. The Image Movers Digital company’s first feature is a great accomplishment in animation as far as I can tell.

And who better than Zemeckis to direct. He directed The Polar Express as well, another computer animated film I enjoyed, and he also directed my all-time favorite film, Forrest Gump. He has a way with the animation that I find few non-animation concentrated directors would have, which has me interested in Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film Fantastic Mr. Fox.

The film was just as good as other Christmas Carol adaptations. It packed the same punch, the same imagination, and even had some really dark and startling moments. But I think what makes this a great film is the great animation to go along with the great story.

***1/2 – Great

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