A Christmas Carol
It was good. Surprisingly good. I watched it in IMAX and in 3d which costs a fortune but I'd even say it's worth it. This 3d stuff....they've been doing it since the 40s or something and all of a sudden, it works! And it works well. But anyway, I digress. Everyone knows the story. Scrooge is played by Jim Carrey who does a good job as always when he portraits cartoony characters. Gary Oldman plays Bob Cratchit. I hadn't known he'd be in the movie until I saw his name in the credits and I'm always pleased to see his name in movie credits. And I'd say that Bob Cratchit is the scariest character in the whole movie. He has this really round, partly-bold head and really big/strong cheekbones and I guess having the face of someone on a head of which we know that it doesn't belong to the person is kind of freaky.
The story seems to be very true to the book and has no self-referencial, tongue-in-cheek or ironic moments which is good for this film. It really wants to be a new interpretation of the christmas carol. And I liked it. First of all, there is NO SINGING. Whenever I hear about Disney movies, I get afraid of singing. So be assured, there is none. Just some stock christmas singers standing by a street corner as we pass by, and that's it.
The only thing I critisize about the whole film is that they fell too much in love with the technical possibilities of their brand new software. They just had too many scenes which included rapid tracking shots through landscapes or the city. Other than that, the graphics were fine. Jacob Marley's Ghost looked a bit cheap but also okay.
The ending was good. It was overacted and WAY too cheery and jolly for a nurmal human mind but this is how disney works I guess. They throw so much jolliness at you until you sit there, paralyzed, with your eyes widened in terror of all the cheeriness and with an unbelieving grin on your face.
To come to a conclusion: It's good. Go watch it at the cinema, in 3d if possible (because it's really impressive). Don't buy the DVD when it comes out because it wouldn't make any sense. Nobody needs to have a christmas movie other than Santa Clause conquers the Martians on DVD. Rent it if you like. One word if you go there with your kids... there are a few scary parts. Around here, it's rated for kids 8+ and I'm pretty sure that kinds that age can stomach it.