I love this version of “Christmas Carol.” It has a great message and is very entertaining.
Good movie, but please add iTunes Extras and Special Features though and include the deleted scenes that they show on TV ABC Family during Christmas time. I have discovered that the Special Features for this film is on the DVD/Blu-Ray release, but not included on iTunes. This is really annoying to me when the Special Features appear on the Home Video releases of movies, but not on iTunes because technology is advancing everyday.
Just another movie review
Before you guys start reading, this is a review for the 3D effects of A Christmas Carol and not the actual film itself. We’re gonna break down the 3D aspects Cinemablend style. In case you haven’t read the To 3D or Not articles, we’re gonna separate the 3D aspects into 7 different categories each worth 5 points if they make full marks in that category. So here we go. (This review is for the Blu-Ray 3D version of the movie and not the theatrical 3D experience).
Does it fit? 5/5
At first, you’d probably think that the story of A Christmas Carol, a story about a man who is haunted by 3 ghosts and taught to be generous and kind, is not exactly the kind of film that one would consider to do in the 3D format. This is not because the story is bad, but because it’s not the kind of thing that would pump you up hoping for the 3D effects. But this movie finds every opportunity to use 3D to become crucial to the experience of the film. From the vast London views to the ghosts to the jump scares, this movie becomes the perfect fit for 3D.
Planning and effort 5/5
If there’s any opportunity to use 3D, Robert Zemeckis is guaranteed to take advantage of it. And it definitely shows. Not only that, but everything surrounding the 3D like the health and glasses off test is well taken care of. So you can be sure that the planning and effort behind this films 3D definitely spares no expense.
Before the window 5/5
This is the category that determines how much objects are known to protrude the screen. In A Christmas Carol, this area wastes no opportunity. At the height of its fun, there are frightening jump scares involving ghosts, chains, and pieces of teeth (or door knocker, whatever it is). And even in it’s more tame moments, peoples’ faces and hands, torches, whips, snowfall, and every other thing imaginable that can protrude the screen will. This area is a giant success.
Beyond the window 5/5
This is the area that determines how much the movie will use the 3D to draw your eyes into the world of the movie. This area is also absolutely fantastic. Right from the start, the beginning montage of London is beautiful showing off the depth that the 3D uses to fully immersive you into the world of A Christmas Carol. And the movie never lets this up taking advantage of its beyond the window area in every place it can. From the invisible floor to chase scenes to the inside of a giant clock, A Christmas Carol takes just as much advantage of this as it does of the before the window area.
This is the only place of the films 3D that I would ever so slightly complain about. For the most part, the film remains bright. And even during its slightly less bright scenes, you never have to squint to make out what’s happening. The only reason I would complain is that there are a few moments like the scenes in Scrooge’s home and during the Ghost of Christmas Future chase scene when the darkness, while doesn’t murk the overall image, is enough to make you want to take off your glasses every once in a while. But other than that, this movie remains very watchable.
Glasses off test 5/5
This is where we determine how blurry the screen is when you take your glasses off. The rule is that the more blur, the more 3D your getting. A Christmas Carol has been done so well that this category is a success in this category through and through. There are only like 2 or 3 brief moments when the background seems to become less separated and the depth lets out. But these are not during very crucial scenes and in no way ruin what’s otherwise, a glasses off test success.
Audience Health 5/5
A Christmas Carol may have chase scenes and a couple brightness issues. But whether if it’s the careful planning and effort or my unnaturally strong stomach, I experienced no health problems whatsoever. And I’m pretty sure that you won’t either.
I’ve seen a lot of 3D films in my time. And for the most part, a lot of these films, while do have great 3D, can be pretty much enjoyed to the same extent story wise in 2D. But there are very few 3D films I’ve seen where the 3D is actually CRUCIAL to experiencing the film correctly story wise and visually. A Christmas Carol is one of them up there with Gravity. This is by far one of the best 3D experiences I’ve ever seen. The movie itself can tend to go either way. But if you have even the most remote opportunity to see A Christmas Carol in 3D, don’t hesitate and do so. It is nothing less than an unforgettable experience.
I’ve read the book and this movie stays true to it. I really like this version but I think it might be too scary for kids. Odd being that this is a Disney movie. That being said, it’s an excellent movie.
Best Christmas Carol I've seen ever.
A visual treat. Lost in some places but a wonderful adaption of a classic story.
Adriana M. Hillstrom
I actually JUST saw this. I love it. It was so good. Kinda scary but absolutely love this version. I got it like 5 years ago, & just saw it. So realistic too.
this is a Christmas classic but shouldn’t be a PG movie
it has some violent gross scary and disturbing scenes for instance.
a ghost went up Scrooge and in the middle of the conversation the ghost snapped his jaw and it started hanging off his mouth
grab some popcorn, friends, and 3D glasses
And remember no kids.
I love this movie, despite the rating it got. Its animation is some of the best i’ve ever seen, and Jim Carry seamlessly becomes Ebenezer scrooge in amazing fashion. I’ve never seen the 1984 one, but I can say that even if i did, this one would be kept in a special place in my heart.
Trolls giving this one star are idiots, this is an epic interpretation of the Dickens classic. A truly beautiful movie, enjoy
I love this movie and there for we watch it all year around:)
This is a great, fun movie. I like this movie a lot. It is a great holiday christmas movie. It is one of my favorite movies ever.
Yes, I know the three Ghosts are meant to be a little scary, such is the story of A Christmas Carol. But Jiminy Christmas, things get a little out of hand for 9/10-year old viewers. My child said at the end, "I didn't know you wanted to show me a Christmas horror movie." The movie also focuses far, far too much energy on the swoopy 3D visuals (which one doesn't get in this iTunes rental/purchase) than on developing why Scrooge makes such a change at the end. A final quote from my son: "Let's never watch this Christmas Carol again!"
This movie is very similar to the 1951 movie, A Christmas Carol by the British actor, Mr. Alastair Sim. It is very good, but I prefer the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol by George C. Scott, which is a five star movie.
For those who have read the book, then this is the movie for you. It is by far the most loyal version that I've ever seen.
I'm reading Christmas Carol at school, and I wasn't understanding anything but when I watched the film, all made sense,(By the way i'm in year 7).
I really like the film, and recommend it. :)
Watched it in a movie when it just came out on the Thanksgiving 2009 and was impressed with the visual beauty of the photography. Don't understand why it only has 54% RT rating. In my mind it's full 100!
I am purchasing this with reservations. I saw the movie in an IMAX theater and in the opening scenes I thought it would be a classic. However, I must say that there was a serious flaw in that the intended audience was not well defined. Only the youngest of children would be entertained by a shrinking Ebenezer Scrooge be chased through the streets of London. Really, was that necessary? Visually the movie was beautiful and there were some very well thought out scenes. For example, the death of Tiny Tim was a tear jerker. It's the silliness and audacity of this film's creators in thinking they could improve upon Charles Dickens' most magnificent Christmas tale. But I'm going to give it another try and try to overlook the unnecessary filler.
Even though the old version was made long ago but the new version really stood out better than the old one! Especially when Robert was acting in it! :D
This movie truly is a masterpiece.
My family and I watched this. It was great.
This is one of the most profound Disney movies ever produced. Robert Zemeckis has done an amazing job presenting all the depths of human relationships with God and other humans. Not every parent would consider showing it to his or her child as the messages are very strong and emotionally overwhelming. An amazing story of human spirit's rebirth.
This movie gave me the civery shivers I turned it off ather I got sared of the last ghoast look why it's rated p-g on the back
Eversince i since i've seen "Mickey's X-mas Carol", I've always loved the story. I also like the Muppets version. In this version, Robert Zemeckis has brought the story back to life in a spectacular way that live up to how Dickens imagined nearly 150 years ago. I just love how he did the three spirits, especially the ghost of christmas present.
Love you Sara Allen <3
This is awesome and in not talking about the movie I'm talking about this review thing it's so cool
I love this movie so much! But it should really be seen in 3D for its immersive animation and visual effects. Absolutely brilliant.
If you have ever read the novel yourself, you know this movie captures the heart of the book. The dialogue is on point with that of the story and it does a great job of relaying that. Plus, the Dicken's scenery comes alive. This version is wonderful to own and Jim Carrey definitely delivers as Scrooge. Jacob Marely is also wonderfully recreated and has so much pain. Not to mention Gary Oldman is wonderful and who can forget Colin Firth as the nephew and Robin Wright (Forrest Gump!) as Fan and Belle! A+ Cast! This movie is a must-own and those giving bad reviews, READ THE NOVEL. Nothing is worse than an empty review.
This is one of the best christmas movies out their that exist!!
The best movie ever
Robert is an amazing director he knows how to make movies and create an amazing story fairy take in a real movie like this. This movie deserves 5 stars and and is the best version ever.
This movie great!!! This is one of the best Christmas Carol movies I have seen in a long time!!!!!
This is one of the must see movies for our family every year. It is just done so well!
With a great classic tale and Astonishing Animation, this is a great movie! Disney should be proud!
This movie is great what the heck are people talking about , well done ,Jim Carey was awesome , it captured the parts of the original black and white (w/ Allister Simm ) that were essential while adding its own creativity and interpretation, the horse chase was a little drawn out and over done, but cool for IMAX so I got it, I absolutely loved it!!!! I really am perplexed how anyone could say this was boring or not great.
I think the movie is great the only problem is have a little sister and she understands it and started to cry when the spirts came up and she cryed
Funny smiles :)-)
read the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
because this isalmost exactly like it (except the chase scene and a few other things) the book just explains better
PS dont a scrooge about this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This movie is SO boring... Half way through it and want to turn it off.
Allot of people are capping on this version for being different and bringing new twists to the classic tale. But graphically it's amazing and the acting is really good. I'm picky about what makes a good movie and this movie is very good in allot of ways but just very different and darker than the other versions. Make sure to see it in high definition to really appreciate the graphics which are amazing.
This movie is awesome in 3D!
A Christmas carol is exciting because you don't know what would happen next, but it is also kind of dark and scary in some parts. My cousin saw it in theatres and said it would probaly be a movie that you would watch at home, it is to scary in the theatre
In 09 I watched it in 3D
it's kinda creepy but still really good
Not so much for kids though
But I really liked it!
Good movie but Really creepy... Better then the old one though
We were very disappointed with this version. I was hoping for a good Christmas movie for the kids from a classic and they didn't even want to finish it. It was very 'dark' and more scary than focusing on the change in Scrooge. We wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
The graphics are amazing in buying the movie itself
Give me a break kk!! jim carry made a great movie crap.
Awsome Movie must see and buy!
Strangely I really enjoyed the darker take on this classic tale...but I wouldn't recommend it for younger children. And it's kinda refreshing to see [or at least hear] Jim Carrey doing a serious movie.
CORALINE!!! coraline was back in the early 2009, but it is now time for you kids to watch a VERY scary movie!!! :O