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A Christmas Carol

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The film is one of the most beautiful and faithful remakes of the wonderfully told fable of this Dickens classic.

After directing The Polar Express in 2004, Robert Zemeckis promised to himself to only make 3D movies using motion-capture technology from then on, never to return to live action films. Cinephiles everywhere were surprised that the person who gave us “Forrest Gump”, the “Back to the Future” trilogy,” Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”,” Contact” and “Cast Away” could settle for 3D films. Perhaps Zemeckis knew something that we did not. It seems he was on to something.

Under this amazing director, Jim Carrey is brilliant and the entire movie puts into perspective his talent. Zemeckis is amazing because he manages to take the Dickens story and walk us through all its levels, without fear of being miserable and, in the same time, he has the tenacity to use “magic” for a happy end. The story of  A Christmas Carol gains a lot from 3D, being a sensorial experience enhanced by IMAX technology.

Jim Carrey,movie Christmas CarolThis nightmarish adaptation by Charles Dickens is one of those optimistic films that remind us of the Frank Capra –esque It’s a Wonderful Life and it is hard not love it. The redemption of the mean Ebenezer Scrooge in a Christmas Eve is one of the most known worldwide novels and this animation, produced by Disney Company, follows the style of Tim Burton to bring us a good and effective family entertainment.

In the Victorian era of the United Kingdom, the stingy and cranky Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) that hates Christmas and people, loses his partner Jacob Marley in a Christmas Eve. For seven years, he runs his business exploiting his employee Bob Cratchit (Gary Oldman) and treats bitterly his nephew and acquaintances. However, in the Christmas Eve, he is visited by the condemned soul of the chained Marley that tells him that three spirits would visit him that night. The first one, the spirit of past Christmas, recalls his miserable and wasted youth; the spirit of the present Christmas shows him the poor situation of Bob’s family; and the spirit of future Christmas shows his fate. Scrooge finds that life is good and God blesses everyone, changing his behavior toward Christmas, Bob, his nephew and people in general.


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