• A Christmas Carol (2010)

    Yay for the holidays, where we are bombarded by all sorts of remakes and Harry Potter movies.  I think this one has been redone 5 times now?  Maybe more if you count all of the cartoon series that attempt to emulate it. Can Jim Carrey and CGI save the franchise from the same disease that cripples most of the other rehashes?

    I think everyone knows the story here, and if you don't then you are probably from a tribe in the middle of the amazon and not reading this blog anyway.  Everyone's favorite stingy asshole, Scrooge, is doing his best to live out the last few years of life alone as all sorts of people storm into his shop begging him for money.  One chilly Christmas eve night, he is visited by three ghosts that each want to show him how crappy his death will be if he doesn't fix his attitude and start stimulating the economy with his hard earned shillings.  You probably know the rest.

    The CGI is really well done, and if you have ever read any of my other reviews before, you know that I love me some computer generated goodness.  The characters do look a bit weird at first.  It took me a while to get used to them.  Unfortunately, that's about it when it comes to upgrades here.  Everything else is the same thing as the last 5 remakes.  If it didn't say Jim Carry on the box, you probably wouldn't even realize it's him.  The sound is also a bit off.  I don't know if it was just my disc, but Scrooge is really difficult to understand sometimes.  The same holds true for the ghosts themselves, who have wispy voices that tend to disperse halfway through their sentences. 

    If you really want the same story again with some new age graphical improvements, it does a good job at telling it.  Other than that... it's just average. 

    A Christmas Carol gets a 3/5 for being nice to the poor, overworked Disney writers out there while it just redoes the same story for the 6th time. 


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