The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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A misbegotten musical adaptation of Dickens' much too perennial tale.
Even Scrooge's fingernails are dirty, and while I don't think that Dickens intended to equate greed with unwashed hands, he probably would not have objected.
Scrooge works very nicely on its intended level and the kids sitting near me seemed to be having a good time.
Unlike the great musicals, where you might find yourself humming a tune a few days later, with Scrooge, you'll be lucky if you remember the name of one of the songs a few hours later.
This musical Scrooge is great for kids.
[Finney is] the only element of this production that is really up to much good... the film lacks energy or dramatic thrust.
Director Ronald Neame's well-paced film captures the period beautifully, and the acting is superb, with Finney and Alec Guinness, as Marley's ghost, real standouts.
Thank you very much - for this perennial holiday delight.
Lovely. Even better than the Henry Winkler version.
Although rather hammy at times, Finney holds the screen throughout.
One of the more delightful versions
A roduction that suffers from its theatrical roots and its need to not only make its antihero see the error of his ways but go way overboard in making up for his past.
The story is five star but the songs are pedestrian and dull and drag the film down. The George C. Scott version is still the gold standard.
A wonderfully different version of A Christmas Carol. A 34 year old Albert Finney, takes on the role of Scrooge. For the most part he hits every single note. He's bitter and twisted, but also is shown having some enjoyment. As the film progresses, it's easy to see the fairly natural change. The songs aren't great nor memorable, but they do move the story forward. There is one classic, that we get to hear twice "Thank you very much." which has enough power to get you moving and dancing in the Christmas spirit. This song alone is used brilliantly in the film, being used first as an example of very dark humor, before taking on it's kinder meaning later on. The performances are nice, even if Guiness does seem to be pulling his performance from a different production. Some of the effects are very dated, with The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, being a wasted and hardly scary prop.The scenes in hell are a little different, but also confusing. Marley doesn't seem to hate the place that much. This is a very nice adaptation that stands out from the others.
Scrooge is a holiday favorite shoved down my throat from an early age by my mother. If I didn't see this and it didn't stick (those songs were really catchy) I'd give it only 3 stars. But because nostalgia plays a big part in my opinion of this movie I've got to give it 3 1/2 stars. Albert Finney does a great job but Alec Guinness steals the show. Scrooge is definitely worth a watch if musicals don't make you want to puke up a dozen organs, but otherwise go hit up Alastair Sym.
The best version of Scrooge available!
It's a musical with great settings and special effects. Albert Finney is a great Ebenezer Scrooge. It gets a lot of the historical details bang-on. The Christmas ghosts are truly wonderful, but some of them are scary. It's a musical masterpiece; I'd love to see this at the theatre.
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