Disney's A Christmas Carol Reviews
Robert Zemeckis knows how to capture your imagination with interesting angles and sweeping shots of London, but this tale gets too dark for a Christmas movie with little redemption. The motion capture work is impeccable and quite lifelike, but the CGI is rather ugly and distracting. I may even go so far as to call it dated.
Jim Carrey is the draw here with his joyous take on multiple characters. He seamlessly goes from person to person with splendid varied voice acting. His motions are very fun as Carrey always comes across. He goes overboard at times, but Carrey will always be the best part of this film.
Gary Oldman is great, Colin Firth is uplifting, Bob Hoskins is energetic, and Cary Elwes is quirky too. I feel like as neat as this supporting cast is, they all get out-shined by Carrey.
In all, Zemeckis made a fun, if grim, Christmas Carol that I feel may get forgotten.
I think Jim Carrey gives off a good performance, pretending to be an old man, but you can notice it's him when he acts more goofy in certain parks. There are a few parts in Carrey's performance I think could've used a re-shoot, like at the doorknob scene when Marley's face appears on it and scares Scrooge, but that's just a nitpick.
I know about the controversy surrounding motion capture and I can see why, but in my opinion, it kind of works for this film. Motion capture is a style of animation in it's own right and every style needs to match the tone of the film and in my opinion motion capture best fits films with a dark and realistic feel to it, so motion capture was a good choice. Also I know Zemeckis only wanted to use motion capture because he likes to exploit cutting edge technology, but like Tintin, I think they wanted to show what the character from the book would look like if they were real people and they do pretty decent job on the designs, especially for Scrooge himself. It's definitely a good update from the creepy uncanny looks from The Polar Express. My one problem with it is that some times the characters move like a cartoon which does sometimes brake the tone.
So overall, it has great visuals, great performances and has a heart warming feel to it. It may be too dark for children, but that doesn't make a bad film.