So, it’s already been made clear that there are more adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol than…something that there is a lot of? Personally I haven’t seen that many versions. In our family the George C. Scott version was our choice of poison.
Ebeneezer Scrooge has been portrayed by many different actors. Alastair Sim, Patrick Stewart, Scrooge McDuck, Mr. Magoo, the list goes on. But you know who I never expected to play Scrooge? Jim Carey… Well, him and Tim Curry. But, if you’re at all familiar with the 1997 animated version then you can probably figure out where I’m going with this.
That, and you’ve probably been paying attention to all the previews and trailers.
So. Jim Carey as Ebeneezer Scrooge. Odd as that sounds, he actually did a good job. Not actually seeing him on screen helped, which allowed you to focus on his voice acting.
As far as the visuals go, they were spectacular. The downside of this is that I felt like they overemphasized said visuals. There were too many pratfalls and physical comedy that felt out of place.
A lot of the humor was juvenile, which made some of the more frightening elements stand out all the more. For that I commend this movie, they weren’t afraid of dumbing down what is in fact a ghost story.
Which brings me to another point. The majority of the dialogue was taken straight from the Dickens’ novel. Frankly, a lot of people would think that old english would be a little hard for the kids to understand, and since animation is typically a medium focused at children this is surprising. It shows that they not only took the source story seriously, they took the audience seriously.
So, it’s worth watching. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, and despite some frightening elements the movie is fairly suited for children.