Archive for December 21, 2010

A Christmas Carol (1999)

Posted in Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on December 21, 2010 by Mystery Man


In the Victorian period, Ebenezer Scrooge is a skinflint businessman who loathes the Christmas season and begrudges having to give time off to his best employee, Bob Cratchit. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late friend and business partner, Jacob Marley, who in the afterlife has come to see the errors of his ways. Marley arranges for Scrooge to be visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come in hopes of teaching Scrooge of the importance of embracing the joy of the holiday season. Scrooge reforms, learning to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in his heart, ultimately becoming a well-loved and respected man.


 I’m sure you’ve all read Charles Dickens’ immortal tale A Christmas Carol. If you haven’t, then one of your English teachers needs to be slapped around!

This version in a 1999 TV-movie version of the book. There really isn’t much to say about this flick.

Patrick Stewart seems like an odd choice for Scrooge. Don’t get me wrong, he is a very good and capable actor, but he doesn’t bring anything to Scrooge. I may be a bit biased due to my love for the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol. Of course, said bias didn’t skewer my opinion of other versions of Scrooge in Disney’s or the musical version. I just didn’t feel anything for his character.

It is obvious this was a made for TV movie, especially when you look at some of the special effects, namely the ghost of Christmas yet to come. The thing looks like a mixture of the 1984 version and a Jawa from Star Wars. It looked more comical than scary, to me. I was sort of reminded of those aliens from Sesame Street when it first appeared. To top it all off, the thing has human hands. WTF?!? The ghost of Christmas yet to come should be a mysterious figure that scares Scrooge into changing his ways. This thing couldn’t scare a speck of dust!

The story is the story we all know. There really isn’t anything we haven’t seen already. So, it was sort of like a been there, done that thing.

Do I recommend seeing this? Not really. There are much better versions out there, but if you really wanna watch it, I’m not going to stop you. There just really isn’t anything memorable about this schlock.

2 1/2 out of 5 stars