A Christmas Carol2019
A Christmas Carol (2019)
Critic Consensus: This radical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic parable struggles to justify its oppressive tone and edgy flourishes, although Guy Pearce is suitably haunting as the haunted Ebenezer Scrooge.
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as Ebenezer Scrooge
as Ghost of Christmas Past
as Jacob Marley
as Bob Cratchit
as Mary Cratchit
as Ghost of Christmas Future
as Ali Baba
as Belinda Cratchit
as Tim Cratchit
as Franklin Scrooge
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[Steven] Knight's inventions, while florid, did create a psychological truth behind Scrooge's conduct, a reason for his transformation beyond the magic of Christmas.
It ought to be too hammy to hang together, and it would probably have worked as a one-off film rather than the full three-hour mini-series, but I found myself watching, mainly due to the central performances.
This was clearly aiming to be more than a predictable period drama. Hurrah for that, because what is the point in remaking something unless you're going to bring something different to the table?
It might have been successful had it included enough optimism to countervail all the misery. But Knight unwisely and a bit heartlessly chooses to forgo that kindness to sink us into the bleak of it all, and does so during the darkest days of the year.
This was a total cut above the crowd - nutty, muscular, textured and with Guy Pearce delivering an intense, complex performance as Scrooge.
Steven Knight induces an impressively brooding and sombre tone to proceedings in this three-part adaptation, while stripping Dickens of much of his over-fertile virtuosity. The result is Dickens for those who don't much like Dickens.
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