A Christmas Carol

2019

A Christmas Carol

Critics Consensus

This radical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic parable struggles to justify its oppressive tone and edgy flourishes, although Guy Pearce is suitably haunting as the haunted Ebenezer Scrooge.

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An original take on Dickens's iconic ghost story by Steven Knight, A Christmas Carol is a spine-tingling immersion into Scrooge's dark night of the soul.

Cast

Guy Pearce
as Ebenezer Scrooge
Andy Serkis
as Ghost of Christmas Past
Stephen Graham
as Jacob Marley
Joe Alwyn
as Bob Cratchit
Vinette Robinson
as Mary Cratchit
Jason Flemyng
as Ghost of Christmas Future
Kayvan Novak
as Ali Baba
Tiarna Williams
as Belinda Cratchit
Lenny Rush
as Tim Cratchit
Johnny Harris
as Franklin Scrooge
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  • [Steven] Knight's inventions, while florid, did create a psychological truth behind Scrooge's conduct, a reason for his transformation beyond the magic of Christmas.

    December 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It ought to be too hammy to hang together, and it would probably have worked as a one-off film rather than the full three-hour mini-series, but I found myself watching, mainly due to the central performances.

    December 23, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This was clearly aiming to be more than a predictable period drama. Hurrah for that, because what is the point in remaking something unless you're going to bring something different to the table?

    December 23, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It might have been successful had it included enough optimism to countervail all the misery. But Knight unwisely and a bit heartlessly chooses to forgo that kindness to sink us into the bleak of it all, and does so during the darkest days of the year.

    December 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This was a total cut above the crowd - nutty, muscular, textured and with Guy Pearce delivering an intense, complex performance as Scrooge.

    December 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Steven Knight induces an impressively brooding and sombre tone to proceedings in this three-part adaptation, while stripping Dickens of much of his over-fertile virtuosity. The result is Dickens for those who don't much like Dickens.

    December 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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