Monday, December 19, 2011

My Top 25 Christmas Movies List: #7 Disney's "A Christmas Carol"

Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)

     Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is a nasty and bitter old miser that hates everything about Christmas. He is busy working at his counting house on Christmas Eve with his underpaid employee, Bob Cratchit (Gary Oldman), when Scrooge's nephew, Fred (Colin Firth), pays him a visit to invite him to Christmas dinner but he refuses.

   Later that night, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley (Gary Oldman), who died seven years prior. Marley has been forced to spend eternity shackled with chains due to his life of greed and selfishness and he warns Scrooge that he will suffer the same fate if he does not repent of his sins and change his ways. He also tells him that he will be visited by three more ghosts before the night is over.

   The first spirit that comes is The Ghost of Christmas Past. It appears as a small ghost made completely of fire and it takes Scrooge through the memories of his childhood and his first love, Belle (Robin Wright Penn). He and Belle were engaged but she later called it off due to his growing obsession with money.

   The second spirit is the Ghost of Christmas Present (Jim Carrey), which takes Scrooge to the home of his nephew Fred. He sees Fred and the rest of his family making jokes at the expense of Scrooge. He is then taken to the humble home of Bob Cratchit where he first sees Cratchit's sickly son, Tiny Tim (Ryan Ochoa). He learns from the ghost that Tiny Tim may not have much longer to live. He also warns him about the evils of "Ignorance" and "Want", that appear as two children that grow into violent, insane adults.

   The final visit is from the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (also Jim Carrey), a frightening spirit that chases Scrooge through the streets of London. He is shown that Tiny Tim has passed on and his family is left to mourn. Scrooge also discovers that he has died as well, although no one is mourning his death. His nephew and his wife are in fact elated that they are the beneficiaries of Scrooge's wealth and he is even robbed by his own maid. In order to prevent these events, Scrooge begs the ghost for another chance but the spirit only forces him into his own grave where he feels the fire from Hell.

   Scrooge suddenly wakes up back in his own bed. It is now Christmas Day and he immediately begins his second chance at life. He runs out giving donations to the needy and attends Fred's Christmas dinner. He gives Bob Cratchit a raise, thus sustaining the life of Tiny Tim. Scrooge spends the remaining years of his life as a loving, caring man.


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