A Christmas Carol (1999) movie review


Admittedly, the design of the Spirit of Christmas Past is as weird as the Spirit of Christmas Future is cheap.

I’m sure you’ve seen A Christmas Carol before, but Patrick Stewart as Scrooge is not to be missed. 

Besides excellent performances, this is a fairly standard version of the classic tale with few (if any) departures from the original Charles Dickens tale.  It does have a bizarre montage of people celebrating Christmas at sea, in the coal yards and so forth as well as some late 90s special effects, but besides praising the actors, there’s not much else to say.

Although we do need to talk about acting choices.

I love Patrick Stewart and, in the clip above, I don’t think he made a mistake.  I believe he was simply taking the original text to heart:

Really, for a man who had been out of practice for so many years, it was a splendid laugh, a most illustrious laugh.  The father of a long, long line of brilliant laughs.


My thought is that Stewart is illustrating that Scrooge hasn’t laughed in so long his body has forgotten how to do it; he hasn’t experienced joy in so long, it’s overwhelming.  I think it’s brilliant!

There, I said it.

In fact, I’ll go even further – this is probably my prefered version of the original story (so putting aside major adaptations); 1999’s A Christmas Carol has great acting, decent sets, locations and special effects that more or less hold up (considering this movie was made for television in the 90s, that’s saying something).  Unlike most Christmas movies I write about, this movie gets a full recommendation from me!  It’s a Christmas miracle!

With this spirit in mind, please enjoy nearly five minutes of people reacting to getting a puppy for Christmas.


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Posted on December 9, 2015, in christmas blog posts, movie review, tv review and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I think this is one of the worst renditions of this story. Stewart did some of his worst acting, and the script was terrible.

    Long Live Alastair Sims.

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