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A Christmas Carol (2020)

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Creative retelling of Dickens' story is intense but festive.

Movie NR 2020 96 minutes
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It's almost beyond description how bad this movie is. It's narration as you watch some sort of creepy ballet. I and my husband took an 11 and 8 yr old grand daughter and we were excited to see it. There was only the 4 of us and another family of 4 in the whole theater. After 15 minutes, painful minutes, we gave up hope that it would get any better and left. The other family of 4 had already left before we did. We got our money back from the theater who apologized and said they'd heard it's not very good. Our 8 yr old begged to leave after 5 minutes and our 11 yr old just kept staring at us and then the screen and asked if we thought the movie would get better soon. She also asked if we could leave. The words that come to mind to describe this movie are BORING, DEPRESSING, UGLY, BORING, WEIRD, TROUBLING, BORING, WEIRD, BORING, AWFUL, . . .get my drift? I suppose if you're a depressed artsy kind of person you might love it. We are not. It's age appropriate for newborns or 80+ because they'd just be able to nap through the movie.
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Imaginative, artistic, and compelling, this stylish take on Dickens' classic novella feels powerful and unique. But it's also accessible, beautiful to watch and ultimately very festive. Opening with a Victorian family settling down on Christmas Eve to experience the story of A Christmas Carol inside a children's paper theater, the movie then morphs into a performance of contemporary dance, mime, and art, as illustrated characters come to life and cardboard scenery blends with real sets.

A visual triumph that exudes Victorian nostalgia and theatrical flair, this interpretation of the traditional story is made all the more magical by its quirky, modern format, combining imaginative scenery and professional dancers with a cast of reassuringly familiar voice artists. As you would expect from a story with such profound themes, A Christmas Carol is creepy in places, bleak in others, but the overall takeaway is an elegant, dynamic, and ultimately uplifting festive treat.

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