Rated PG for scary sequences and images.
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Cary Elwes, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn
The story sticks to the traditional story crafted by Charles Dickens and follows Scrooge on a terrifying night where he is visited by three ghosts and given a chance to redeem himself for all of the mistakes he has made in his past and is currently making. Jim Carrey plays Scrooge through each of the stages of his life as well as each of the ghosts that visit him during the night. One of the things I felt was very well done is the use of Carrey’s facial expressions in his characters, you could tell it was him playing the role despite the age of the character. I could tell Colin Firths voice as Scrooge’s nephew but could not tell the voices of anyone else.
The ghosts are a little eerie and that is why it states above that there are scary sequences and images. Some of them were so scary that I jumped out of my seat a bit. I personally thought it was a little too much for young audiences that the film is aimed at as an animated film. Overhead shots of London are used as the camera flies about right above the rooftops and smokestacks with billows of smoke wafting into the air. The camera does a lot of diving motions which can cause some stomach issues. I don’t mean to give anything away by this but feel it is a little overused and does detract a bit from the film. All in all this was an enjoyable film to be seen in 3D but I must admit I definitely prefer Scrooge with Bill Murray to this telling of A Christmas Carol.