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Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Jessica Kenyon
Antelope Staff
Photo courtesy of http://4outof10.com/disneys-a-christmas-carol-poster-released

Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” starring Jim Carrey opened in theatres and IMAX on Nov. 6, and just recently I went to see it. The film was Carrey’s first role in a Disney film, and I feel like he could have played his roles better. Yes, he played multiple roles. Carrey played Ebenezer Scrooge, Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present and Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.

While I thought this movie was brilliantly made with its amazing and realistic animations, and I enjoyed watching the movie during the Christmas season, I wonder if we really needed another adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” The movie also might not be appropriate for younger kids although the movie is PG. Dark and creepy in parts, this film may scare younger children. In fact, it did scare a few, who looked to be no older than six, in the theatre I was in.

The movie takes place on Christmas Eve in Victorian England where Ebenezer Scrooge holds everything that embodies the joys and spirit of Christmas in contempt. Three spirits visit Scrooge to guide him. The first spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Past, showed visions of his own past around the Christmas season reminding him of how he became the man he is now. The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, showed Scrooge the happiness of Christmas Day and the third spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, showed the final consequences of his greed and showed that in the future he has died, and the people in his life never cared for him. When Scrooge woke up on Christmas morning, he realized that the three spirits in his dream guided him, and he set out to make up for his sins and became a new man embodying the spirit of Christmas.

However, I recommend “A Christmas Carol” only because of its animation and the storyline. Carrey brought his comedic ways to the movie, and that wasn’t something I was interested in, but the tone of the movie made it different than the other renditions. The scary moments, creepy elements and overall darker tone made this version of “A Christmas Carol” a brilliant film.

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