Well it’s that time of year where Sky movies starts playing festive favourites in the countdown to Christmas day. Here we have Jim Carrey, Robert Zemeckis and CGI thrown into the mix. Whenever there is an adaptation of a well known and loved novel made into a CGI film, I usually proceed with caution. However I should never have doubted this.
The story is the same as it’s been for the past 150+ years. On Christmas Eve night, Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future during which time he experiences a moment of clarity, redemption and forgiveness for his tight fisted and downright wicked ways.
The animation is absolutely flawless from the wrinkles on the skin, aged teeth, to the flick of his eerily boney fingers, Scrooge is a CGI character not to pushed aside.
Granted that the images are not as wonderfully thought out like Shrek, it still is a very well made animation.
I don’t agree with all the flack Jim Carrey received for being made lead in this film as I think he does a fantastic job at voicing, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. He also voices Scrooge from child to present adult. Gary Oldman and Colin Firth provide their voice talents too. Zemeckis refused to not use too many stars in the film, which in face enhances the narrative with originality, authenticity and homes in on tradition, which a well known story like this needs
Thanks to its brilliant art design, and extreme camera tricks, we get caught up in the atmosphere of joy and good tidings. We experience bitter English winter backdrops, and enjoy the view as Zemeckis flies us through and over the oppresiveness of Victorian London, ducking and diving between dusty chimneys and grimey narrow alleys.
The CGI is effective and credit has to be given to Zemeckis who is never really hailed as a fantastic director. He did afterall bring us Forest Gump, Back to The Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit – the latter being such an underrated film.
It’s been out almost 10 years now so if you haven’t already seen it due to some harsh reviews and critiques, do check it out. One thing I have to admit is Jim Carrey is a lot less irratating as we don’t have to put with him in the flesh! (Thank heavens for small mercies).
Happy Christmas to you all 🙂
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Robin Wright Penn, Bob Hoskins
Runtime: 95 mins
Enjoy the trailer