Escape to the Movies: A Christmas Carol

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A Christmas Carol

MovieBob reviews the pandering, 3D trickery that is "Disney's A Christmas Carol".

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wow nice review, i always thought a Xmas carol was one of those story you couldn't mess up...guess bob proved me wrong lol

The only thing that could have made the movie worse would have been if Michael Bay was directing it. Holy crap, this movie looks bad.

I love the insertion of michael bay. You will never stop hating on him and his transformers... anyway, the fact that it's been done so many times before is exactly why I refuse to go see it. I would have said that it was a kid's movie and not to put too much thought into it, but with the language, it might alienate the very crowd that it was made for. Interesting.

Well, now I know not to go see this film.

Great review.

Darn, was hoping for a review of The Fourth Kind, but great review all the same. I was a bit taken aback by the dialogue when I saw a clip on last night's Conan.

I cannot overstate how GLAD I am that this movie is going to suck.

Carol is an English book one of our major classics. To have the originla story portrayed by an American was scary as I didnt want the Robin Hood syndrome (Hes from Nottingham England he doesnt talk like Kevin Costner!) to happen to one of my beloved childhood (the Muppet version and OK they are american but the only human in the film IS Michael Caine) and the Albert Finney version which was amazing (without seeing any of the others barring Scrooged)

Thank you bob for making me feel much better about myself today!

As a point of interest, what do people think the -best- adaptation of the Christmas Carol story is?

My own opinion is an odd one. After actually reading the book I was ready for something to follow that particular taste, but on looking into the films my favourite version was actually... A Muppet Christmas Carol. No seriously, it was probably the most emotionally driven of the whole lot- thanks to Michael Kane in particular. There are admittedly set pieces of humour but they don't feel too out of place for the most part, and a few I still enjoy to this day. I know that some of the more serious literary buffs are going to find this immature but really, this christmas watch the muppet version, I sure as hell will be.

im generally sceptic what critics tell me to "think", but the way bob breaks it down, it seems this movie cant decide what it wants to be... *cough* revenge of the fallen *cough*

thanks for saving me 15$! (norway is expensive)

Haha, wow, scathing~

But I'm glad, in a way. I feel justified now. I had no desire to see it (I like the Muppets version and the one with Patrick Stewart) but my sister can't understand why not.

Thank you Bob, you saved me at least $20 and from a bad movie expirence.

I never really liked th sotry int he first place. I wish movies would stop being in 3D. Its ruining cinema with a cheap gimmick

OUCH! Well this review is disappointing to hear because I really enjoyed Polar Express.

I sort of get the feeling that all the slapstick, physical comedy was done mainly as a way of getting the "most" out of using Jim Carey. It is sort of his thing. I like him a lot as an actor and comedian, but whenever he tries to do something serious it usually falls flat on it's face. All and all I wasn't planning on seeing it(I already have the Muppet Christmas Carol thank you very much) and this pretty much just seals the deal.

Why, why, WHY does Jim Carey want to ruin Christmas? First that horrible Grinch debacle, and now this? Did Santa Claus murder his puppy when he was a kid? Did a careening dreidel blind his mother? What? Please, please Mr. Carey, gives us back our Christmas movies. No more remakes. Let us keep A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer at least. Do something else, please.

as it stands, i'm kinda against anything with jim carrey anyway... btw muppet chirstmas carol best adaptation.

and btw the way, since your're doing 2012 next week, please rip on that movie. It's overhyped itself too much. It's chomping on it's own lungs it's so far up it's own ass. Really Bob, watch all the trailers and then see if you like it more than UP, district 9 or public enemies or whichever film you've liked most this year.

Yeah, I never liked A Christmas carol as a kid. But then again I was Jewish XD

Okay, so, I'm not surprised that it's bad. Jim Carrey has had a very spotty track record when it comes to films, which is a tragedy because he is an absolutely STELLAR standup comic. (He does some impressions that make you go "that man has a rubber face!")

Btw, loved the "...watching 'Remains of the Day' and every five minutes a Jackie Chan movie breaks out..." line-- very evocative!

crotalidian:
I cannot overstate how GLAD I am that this movie is going to suck.

Carol is an English book one of our major classics. To have the originla story portrayed by an American was scary as I didnt want the Robin Hood syndrome (Hes from Nottingham England he doesnt talk like Kevin Costner!) to happen to one of my beloved childhood (the Muppet version and OK they are american but the only human in the film IS Michael Caine) and the Albert Finney version which was amazing (without seeing any of the others barring Scrooged)

Thank you bob for making me feel much better about myself today!

If one's biggest problem with foreign adaptations on one's culture's stories is the accent, one needs to apply some reason. First, foreign adaptation is just about the highest form of praise one can give a culture; parroting accents comes dangerously close to an insult regardless of how well it's done and with what sincerity. Second, Victorian English (Dickens), Middle English (Robin Hood and Shakespeare), and Old or not even English (Arther) sound regressively less like modern, true English (what they speak in London). Nobody is ever going to get the accent right, neither you nor me. Repeat after me: "Thank you for the presumed compliment of my culture."

And Moviebob, Branagh's Hamlet was great because it was unabridged.

Liked the review. I won't be seeing this movie, as I always watch at least 3 other versions of it in the run up to Christmas anyway. From what I saw in the trailers I agree with what MovieBob said about the random insertion of some action scenes in the movie, they just seem totally out of place. A Christmas Carol has been made so many times now that to keep on making any more seems pointless.

In answer to the earlier question, Moviebob is right about Alastair Sim being the best Scrooge, you should definately see that one.

KazNecro:
The only thing that could have made the movie worse would have been if Michael Bay was directing it.

LOL, literally! It's funny because it's true. Plus it would have Megan Fox in it but how they'd be able to find an excuse for a Victorian era character to show us her t*ts would be a stretch.

However, for me, the George C. Scott version is the timeless classic. However, I do enjoy the Bill Murray version.

probably is crap, i did like the 3d in the preview tho, im really impressed with this new 3D

My assumptions that the whole resurgence of 3D is just a gimmick to keep the cinemas economically afloat a little longer have never seemed more justified. Granted, I don't think there was a time when 3D glasses weren't a gimmick at the heart of the operation, but now it's just getting more and more clear (then again, the re-release of Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D a few years back should have made that abundantly obvious to anyone with half a brain).

Loved the NPR reference, by the way.

As soon as I heard it was shot in 3-D and featured Jim Carrey, I suspected it'd be crap.

Anacortian:
And Moviebob, Branagh's Hamlet was great because it was unabridged.

Seconded.

Anacortian:

If one's biggest problem with foreign adaptations on one's culture's stories is the accent, one needs to apply some reason. First, foreign adaptation is just about the highest form of praise one can give a culture; parroting accents comes dangerously close to an insult regardless of how well it's done and with what sincerity. Second, Victorian English (Dickens), Middle English (Robin Hood and Shakespeare), and Old or not even English (Arther) sound regressively less like modern, true English (what they speak in London). Nobody is ever going to get the accent right, neither you nor me. Repeat after me: "Thank you for the presumed compliment of my culture."

And Moviebob, Branagh's Hamlet was great because it was unabridged.

I dont consider throwing an american into a lead role of an english story an 'adaptation' Scrooged is an adaptation and it worked becaus the story was applied to modern day new yourk and turned into a half decent black comedy. Setting the film where its meant to be set london/sherwood forest whatever but casting an american to boost the US appeal feels like butchering the Original. I agree that teh language should be somewhat adapted to the modern audience but at least keep it in the same country!

that was the biggest problem i had with this adaptation its a 3d whore a thon thrusting the new tech down peoples throats tanking the movie!

Distorted Stu:
I never really liked th sotry int he first place. I wish movies would stop being in 3D. Its ruining cinema with a cheap gimmick

Indeed it is. Ever since Fly Me to the Moon, 3D has been the flavor of the month for animated movies, just like how vampires have been the flavor of the month for books and TV shows ever since Twilight.

It's the new principle of making lucrative franchises nowadays: take an easily exploitable element from a successful franchise, shoehorn it into your project somehow, and voila. Instant money.

Izzil:
My assumptions that the whole resurgence of 3D is just a gimmick to keep the cinemas economically afloat a little longer have never seemed more justified. Granted, I don't think there was a time when 3D glasses weren't a gimmick at the heart of the operation, but now it's just getting more and more clear (then again, the re-release of Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D a few years back should have made that abundantly obvious to anyone with half a brain).

It was still around, but at the moment everyone wants a piece of it. Even TV, Channel 4 in the UK are having a 3D week of programs and I know the series Chuck had a random 3D episode. Why? At least games dropped the '3D' bit a long time ago...

I preferred the Albert Finny version... ("I hate people...")
OT: Why are there so many versions of the Scrooge? I'm so tired of that movie.

Has Morning Zoo become a generalization for 'crappy radio morning show' or it is mostly in reference to the syndicated program carried by Clear Channel? Because I used to intern at the same station that Jimmy Jam and all those douchebags work at and I've been listening to that crap since I was a little kid and never before have I heard it referred to as 'morning zoo' unless people were talking specifically about the WNCI Morning Zoo, and now I've heard it pop up a number of places just in the last couple weeks, including here and on The Daily Show.

In either case, thanks a lot for making Columbus famous for giving the world douchebag crappy radio, Zoo crew. And no, I'm never coming back there to work. I hated that place, they always made me work in the prize closet stuffing bags.

OT Surprising to hear that it's ultra-literal, not surprising to hear that it was done without appropriate context. I figured it would just be a 3D wank fest framed around the Scrooge McDuck approach to the Dickens tale.

I liked the one with Patrick Stewart, though my memory of it is a bit hazy.

3D Movies = Slasher/Disaster/Chase.
Dickens = Pondering (not ponderous) Social Commentary.

The mere idea of this film is like...uh... The 2 'Ben 10's of Verona, Megan Fox as Jane Eyre, Kramer vs. Gremlins, Star Trek versus Vampires...

Just why?

George C Scott was the best Scrooge. Hands down!!!

I love the muppets version. I think I've seen three other versions, but I have no idea which versions they were, with the exception of Scrooge McDuck.

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