Disney's A Christmas Carol Any Good?
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Walt Disney Pictures
Disney's A Christmas Carol
I am making it a point to see Disney's A Christmas Carol in IMAX 3D this upcoming weekend and am somewhat bummed to hear that the film isn't all that. Sure, I'll be enjoying the crap out the visuals -- yes, another "visual feast" -- but the film supposedly has the character of a rake.
Early Reviews: Disney's A Christmas Carol
We've been alerted to two of the first official reviews for Disney's A Christmas Carol and, though both like what they see, they don't like the actual plot elements or the cookie-cutter characters. Ouch. Take a gander on what they had to say below:
Shortchanging traditional animation by literalizing it while robbing actors of their full range of facial expressiveness, the performance-capture technique favored by director Robert Zemeckis looks more than ever like the emperor's new clothes in "Disney's A Christmas Carol." Charles Dickens' 1843 novella and screen perennial has been retrofitted here as a so-called thrill ride in which Scrooge zooms above the streets of London and rockets halfway to the moon and back, only because now he technologically can. But while curmudgeons, here qualifying as anyone who might prefer earlier versions of the classic tale, will frown, bright-eyed young'uns will ooh and aah from behind their 3D glasses, resulting in bountiful early holiday B.O. tidings for the company that has now incorporated itself into Dickens' title.
Now, about who's the author here: In one sense, this is a most faithful interpretation of Dickens' 1843 novella. Indeed, nearly all the dialogue is lifted from the original text. But this also is writer-producer-director Zemeckis' third motion-capture film following "Beowulf" and "The Polar Express." It has been shot and, on accommodating screens, will be projected in Disney's trademarked Digital 3D.
So, taking a few cues from Dickens and with the latest in digital technology at the creators' disposal, this movie version revels in effects: Ethereal, menacing spirits burst through locked doors; frightening visions terrify Scrooge; and images of wild horses, twisted human forms and coal-black dwellings rife with crime, filth and misery are linked by flights through London's cityscape and over countrysides that lift from "Harry Potter" movies as much as from Dickens.
But as the spirits escort Scrooge through his sorry life, Zemeckis gradually makes this "Christmas Carol" his own. But as he does, with his intense reliance and belief in movie technology, this auteur shuns the beating heart of Dickens' story.
So, not horrible, but not great either. F it. I'm still seeing it. Check out the reviews for Disney's A Christmas Carol by clicking the bold links above.
Disney's A Christmas Carol opens to theaters on November 6th.
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