The Man Who Invented Christmas

2017, Other/Biography, 1h 44m

174 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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The Man Who Invented Christmas adds holiday magic to the writing of A Christmas Carol, putting a sweetly revisionist spin on the story behind a classic yuletide tale. Read critic reviews

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In 1843 London, author Charles Dickens finds himself in financial trouble after writing three unsuccessful novels in a row. Desperate for a hit, Dickens relies on real-life inspiration and his vivid imagination to bring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in "A Christmas Carol," forever changing the holiday season into the celebration known today.

Cast & Crew

Dan Stevens
Charles Dickens
Christopher Plummer
Ebenezer Scrooge
Jonathan Pryce
John Dickens
Justin Edwards
John Forster
Morfydd Clark
Kate Dickens
Donald Sumpter
Jacob Marley
Miles Jupp
William Makepeace Thackeray
Bill Paterson
Mr. Grimsby
Anna Murphy
Tara, Ghost of Christmas Past
Ger Ryan
Mrs. Dickens
Annette Badland
Mrs. Fezziwig
Cosimo Fusco
Signor Mazzini
Susan Coyne
Screenwriter
Paula Mazur
Executive Producer
Mitchell Kaplan
Executive Producer
Andrew Karpen
Executive Producer
Laurie May
Executive Producer
Ben Smithard
Cinematographer
Jamie Pearson
Film Editor
Mychael Danna
Original Music
Paki Smith
Production Design
Neill Treacy
Art Director
Leonie Prendergast
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  • Dec 11, 2021
    Not a bad idea, but this movie desperately needed a director who was more visually inventive.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2021
    Less interested in being a biopic and more interested in being a look at the writing process and something of a loose adaptation of A Christmas Carol in it's own right, The Man Who Invented Christmas works surprisingly well. The general bullet points of Dickens life and how the story came to be are, for the most part, represented here. However, some of them are certainly exaggerated or at the very least shuffled around. To the larger point, the film uses the unique narrative device of having Dickens literally see his characters come to life and discuss their personalities with him. Was this true to him? Who knows, but it's a fascinating look at the creation process and that's really where the story shines brightest. Having Scrooge talk to him about the type of person he is or have the characters torment him in his day-to-day life is intriguing as hell. It also works in a lot of ways as a loose adaptation of A Christmas Carol. First of all there's just the fact that Christopher Plummer could actually be a great Scrooge in a genuine adaptation because he really nails the character (except for one key scene). There's also the way it uses some great staging choices like having a statue in London come to life as the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come to show Dickens's inspiration, but it's such a great visual I'd love to see this in real Christmas Carol adaptation. Beyond that though, Dickens life parallels Scrooge's in a lot of ways, and he does better himself through the film. Again, how true is this? Who's to say. Historians I guess, but that's beside the point. As a film, it works, and it's quite a delightful little Christmas film and an inspirational look at the storytelling process.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2018
    An interesting look at how the classic Charles Dickens story 'A Christmas Carol' came to be. Dan Stevens does a great job as Dickens but it's the magic of how Dickens was inspired and what it ended up producing is what makes it so magical.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2018
    An interesting spin on a story most everyone in the West knows by heart, the story behind the story as it were. Nothing too dramatic here (because Christmas is in the very title, eh?), simply lighthearted fun over well known territory. Everyone performs admirably but Plummer, Pryce, Stevens and Coyne (the unseen writer, yah) bring home the bacon.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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