What if you had but a single night to get your life right?
Director Robert Zemeckis had long admired the old Charles Dickens classic and found it perfect material for the performance capture technique he had championed in films like The Polar Express and Beowulf; this time it’s also in 3D. Often dazzling, with the kind of impossibly rich, Victorian Christmas nostalgia that only Hollywood seems able to conjure. There are times when Zemeckis gets carried away in overly lively scenes, and his take on Dickens is thoroughly unoriginal, but Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman are fun to watch in their multiple animated parts, some of them revealing familiar facial features.
2009-U.S. Animated. 95 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Robert Zemeckis. Novel: Charles Dickens. Cast: Jim Carrey (Ebeneezer Scrooge/Ghost of Christmas Past/Ghost of Christmas Present/Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come), Gary Oldman (Bob Cratchit/Marley/Tiny Tim), Colin Firth (Fred), Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn, Cary Elwes… Fionnula Flanagan.