Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Christmas Carol 3D: Review

I know I haven't posted a lot lately - not a lot of great movies in my little town. Luckily, Veteran's Day provided a chance to travel to a bigger theater, and they had 3D!!! I know, I'm WAY behind on figuring out this was way better than Captain EO's version of 3D back in the 80's, but I was not expected for how amazing the new version of A Christmas Carol could be. It was more faithful to the original text by Charles Dickens, in that it was scary - the spirits weren't benevolent aides in Scrooge's search for his own soul, but a Dickensian version of "Scared Straight". They had a tinge of the goofiness of Disney's animated version with Mickey Mouse, but mostly the story was strict in its interpretation of the story. Jim Carrey was terrific - I'm not even sure how many different characters he played throughout the movie, but he was joined by Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn, Gary Oldman, and Cary Elwes (hard to see the Princess Bride actors together again). Watching the scenes come to life felt like you were actually looking through a window at it. It made me wonder how the same thing would look in 2D, and it definitely wouldn't be as good - just not as magical as the whole ghosts and spirits visiting demands. There weren't lots of things jumping out of the screen, they just made each scene contain depth and substance in a way 2D just can't. I really liked it. 4.5 of 5 Lambs/stars

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5 comments:

Buttercup said...

I was on the fence, but I'm putting this one on my list. Take care!

Fletch said...

I would hope someone named Buttercup would support Robin Wright movies. ;)

Big rave, Jess. This was on my NONONO list, but perhaps I shall reconsider...

Vanessa said...

Wow, thats a high rating for this movie! I liked it but seriously not that much. The 3D definitely added a lot to it and it was made beautifully but I thought it had a lot of lengths and was slightly boring...

Jess said...

Fletch, it's definitely not a kids movie - and Jim Carrey is far from over the top - so if the story appeals to you (everyone knows it), then the effects are totally worth checking out.

Zach said...

I enjoyed it for the effects - this was the only element keeping my interest just because this story has been done so many times before.
And it's definitely not a kids movie. If I saw this when I was little, it would scare the crap out of me.