Disney often criticism in the past when it tried to be revisionist and spun classics in a too-family friendly way (e.g. Alladin, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast). With A Christmas Carol, they stayed loyal to the material. But how did this film fare?
If you ask me, not very well.
You see, this Robert Zemeckis-helmed visual eye candy actually stays very loyal to the Charles Dickens novella that it comes off as too grim and focused on the haunting of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The movie is too dark and scary for a children's movie (don't even mind that it is a Christmas movie.) To give you an better idea what I'm talking about: little children were crying the theater when I was watching the movie.
Visually, the film takes off where The Polar Express and Beowulf left off and elevates the realistic 3D animation to a higher level. But unfortunately, the nice looking textures are not able to save the film from being looking too bland. Even Jim Carrey's masterful voice acting gets lost in the blizzard of effects.
If you're a parent looking for a nice Christmas movie for your family, avoid A Christmas Carol. It's too dark and scary that even with a nice ending, you may end up calming your kids down.
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