The Man Who Invented Christmas Reviews
Is it historically accurate? Who knows. Is it entertaining? Not really. Final Score 5.4/10
But it is a pleasant surprise. Granted, I didn't expect anything more than a pleasantly diverting movie that derives most of its charm from a story that has been around for almost two centuries now.
Yet, it has a great deal to offer beyond the already decent story. Christopher Plummer is amazing as Scrooge come to life. The scene where he asks if Scrooge could make a case for the free market made me laugh very hard. The rest of the actors are fine, but Christopher Plummer pushes this movie past the "it's fine" level that I was expecting well into the "I may have to watch this again" levels.
Definitely give this one a view.
Overall sadly this movie is a below average, and I honestly can't see any reason to watch this movie at any time of the year. The conclusion is cheesy, and in the end the movie is just not interesting, entertaining or fun to watch.
(Full review TBD)
The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) is a rather charming historical fantasy portrayal of the inspiration and motivations behind Charles Dickens writing A Christmas Carol. That narrative blends Dickens' intriguing childhood of misfortune and trauma with his present misery and financial struggles.
Although, the film is rather straightforward and basic, I found it warm and fun instead of empty and sentimental alone. I do not know how historically accurate much of the movie is, but it presents itself as real other than Dickens' manic creative spring episodes of writing with a vision of his characters.
Dan Stevens is just so charming and likable as Charles Dickens that you really feel at home with his character. He seems like a decent enough man trying his best, and Stevens portrays him realistically as such. Stevens proves himself to be versatile in his acting yet again. From the tender family man and charitable philanthropist, to the mad author and grumpy artist. He plays it all!
I really enjoyed the supporting cast as well. Christopher Plummer plays an excellently cruel and miserly Scrooge. While Jonathan Pryce is one of my favorite aspects of The Man Who Invented Christmas. Pryce plays Dickens' silly and shady father figure with a caring heart and earnest joy. His dramatic depth is evident in his interactions with Stevens. You just laugh and smile while Pryce is on screen.
Overall, The Man Who Invented Christmas may give you some insight into the life of Charles Dickens, but it is mostly an entertaining depiction of the various inspirations behind the world of A Christmas Carol. The reenactment of much of the book is quite delightful!