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A Christmas Carol 3-D
It seems the classic story of a mean cold hearted business man, Ebenezer Scrooge, during the Victorian Era, makes his way back to the big screen; this time in "3-D." Featuring the voices of Jim Carrey (Ebenezer Scrooge, ghost of Christmas past, ghost of Christmas present, and ghost of Christmas yet-to-come), Gary Oldman (Bob Cratchit, Marley, Tiny Tim), Cary Elwes, Bob Hoskins (Mr. Fezziwig and Old Joe), and many others.
For those who haven't heard of this tale time and time again, I'll briefly explain the story. Based off Charles Dickens' Novel, as it portrays a mean, greedy and corrupt business man, Ebenezer Scrooge, whom endured many hardships in the past around the holidays, so he neglects the spirit of Christmas as well as the rest of the world. As his only true passion is money and business, and values little contempt for everyone else, including his nephew, Fred (Collin Firth). To make a long story short, Scrooge gets haunted by three ghosts that try to change his wicked ways for if he doesn't, he's shown a future that could end up damning his soul for eternity.
The voice acting for this film was top quality, as I felt each of the actors played their parts rather well. Even the actors that had to take on multiple parts like Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman, were able to bring a distinct personality and unique voice tone to each of the characters, they played respectively. Thus, allowing the audience to buy into the story, as each character has their own distinct personality.
As far as the plot goes, there's really not a whole lot of originality you can explore when making a film about a story that's been remade several times; ranging from T.V. specials to other theatrical incarnations. However, what it does offer that makes it stand out from the other versions, is the imagery. Indeed, "A Christmas Carol (2009)" offers some of the most impressive imagery, I've ever seen out of an animated film.
As the "3-D" effects and computer graphics look almost too realistic to believe. Unfortunately, I can't say I agree with Disney's marketing campaign, when I saw this film being openly advertised on the Disney Channel, where you they show kid based programs and cartoon shows. However, as one Disney Executive said, this film is not for children by any means. Which is why I would have to question Disney's entire marketing strategy for this film, but that's another topic for another time as I'll try to keep this on the movie itself.
The story line is rather dark along with some of the images of the ghosts, that haunt Scrooge during his journey of self recollection. Which is why I wouldn't recommend this for most families to watch. However, if you're like me and love watching movies, then you'll be in for a real treat with "A Christmas Carol (2009)."