Yet Another Version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol


As the engineers would say, if it works, it works and you have to hand it to Disney, they know what people like and they deliver. Thanks to them, yet another film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was released on November 6, 2009. This one has Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge. When I heard that Disney was responsible for this, I wasn’t surprised. Disney has cornered the market on family films and November/December is when the studios roll out such fare.Yet, I was also irked. After all, aren’t their enough film versions of A Christmas Carol?  Has it surpassed Beau Geste as the movie that was remade the most times? 

Of course, that’s not to say that I haven’t seen film, television and yes, cartoon versions of A Christmas Carol. The versions that I like are the classic 1951 British film with Alistair Sim as Scrooge and a 1984 made for TV film with George C. Scott as Scrooge (yes, he was Scrooge, click on his name to see the Amazon.com listing for this movie).  Have I read the book?  When I was twelve, I picked up a copy of the book at my school and I could not get past the first page. Dickens’ writing is wordy.

Still, Hollywood’s mining of old ideas is getting old. Can’t the moguls of Hollywood fund an original movie, be it a family/holiday movie or not?  There are lots of people out there with great screenplays. All they need is someone to take a chance on them. There are enough versions of A Christmas Carol out there. Moviegoers throughout the world do not need to see another version, no matter how inventive, realistic or well acted it is. So, I say to the power that be in Hollywood—NO MORE VERSIONS OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL!!!!

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One Response to “Yet Another Version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol”

  1. Tricindinia Says:

    It looks like you are a true professional. Did ya study about the issue? hehe

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