The Phoenix Network:
About  |  Advertise
Adult  |  Moonsigns  |  Band Guide  |  Blogs  |  In Pictures
Features  |  Reviews
Find a Movie
Movie List
Loading ...
Find Theaters and Movie Times
Search Movies

Review: Disney's A Christmas Carol

State-of-the-art technology allows actors to reach new heights of hamminess
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 9, 2009
1.5 1.5 Stars


Charles Dickens made a mint with readings of A Christmas Carol, but a century and a half of technological progress has not been kind to the property. Thanks to Robert Zemeckis’s state-of-the-art 3-D performance-capture animation, audiences can now enjoy the spectacle of Jacob Marley’s ghost (Gary Oldman) spewing spit in their laps.

Or Bob Cratchit (Oldman again) looking like Gollum in a waistcoat. Or endless sequences of the camera flying over a snow-globe-like London. And there’s something about the process that frees up actors to deliver their hammiest performances, especially Jim Carrey as Scrooge and all three Ghosts.

Man, that Ghost of Christmas Present sure can laugh. Zemeckis does conjure his canny Back to the Future period when he plays games with the notion of time. But the best part of this Christmas Carol is the end, when the ugly animation metamorphoses back into the pages of a book.

Related: Review: Yes Man, Review: The Book of Eli, Review: The White Ribbon, More more >
  Topics: Reviews , Celebrity News, Entertainment, Movie Stars,  More more >
  • Share:
  • Share this entry with Facebook
  • Share this entry with Digg
  • Share this entry with Delicious
  • RSS feed
  • Email this article to a friend
  • Print this article
HTML Prohibited
Add Comment

Share this entry with Delicious
  •   REVIEW: EDGE OF DARKNESS  |  February 05, 2010
    A new genre is emerging in which aging A-list actors play fathers off on a rampage to rescue their daughters or avenge their deaths.
  •   REVIEW: FROZEN  |  February 03, 2010
    A storm is coming, the girl has to pee, and then things get much worse.
  •   KAREN SCHMEER: 1970-2010  |  February 02, 2010
    Karen Schmeer, the brilliant local film editor whose work on Errol Morris's documentary The Fog of War helped win it the Best Documentary Oscar in 2004, died January 29 in a tragic accident, struck by a getaway car as she was crossing a street in Manhattan. She would have turned 40 on February 20.
  •   IS THERE 'HOPE' IN HOLLYWOOD?  |  January 29, 2010
    Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
  •   REVIEW: WAITING FOR ARMAGEDDON  |  January 27, 2010
    Much scarier than 2012 is this documentary about the death grip that fundamentalist religious groups have on American politics.

 See all articles by: PETER KEOUGH

RSS Feed of for the most popular articles
 Most Viewed   Most Emailed 

  |  Sign In  |  Register
Phoenix Media/Communications Group:
Copyright © 2010 The Phoenix Media/Communications Group