The Man Who Invented Christmas Reviews
The movie emphasizes the fact that we all make mistakes and no matter how many mistakes we make we can always go back and fix them no matter what your past is it doesn't determine your future it talk about how your spouse can, your soulmate can be the energy & the power that keep pushing you forward that understands your flaw and imperfections & loves you even in spite of them but mostly talks about "Goodness" & that good always comes back to you
Well I'm a a big fan of both Charles Dickens and of Christmas, so I was always going to enjoy this movie. And I did enjoy it, made more so as I was familiar with all of the references and characters. It is not a heavy film, and is mostly family friendly. After a slowish start the main story then begins and it uses some clever tricks to depict Dickens' thought and imaginings. I did have a few small issues though: Dickens in real life was much more confident and self-assured, and I thought the Blacking Factory sub-plot, though accurate, was overused. I would also have liked to see more title text information at the end describing how Dickens did in fact re-invent Christmas and make certain symbols and customs more popular. But overall this is an entertaining and well set period movie which will no doubt become a family favourite at Christmas.
This romanticized version of the creation of A Christmas Carol, the most adapted book in the history of film does have it's fair share of entertaining moments, mostly in the scenes in which Charles and Scrooge interact with each other and the scenes in which Charles starts getting inspiration for the elements of the story such as the Ghosts, Tiny Tim and Jacob Marley from his everyday life in Victorian London. Susan Coyne's witty script and Bharat Nalluri's impressive direction, captures the feeling of the novel in terms of these references and the production design looks eeriely similer to Dicken's fictional London that served as the setting of most of his books.
Dan Stevens, despite going a bit over the top at times in his freak-outs over his writers-block, shines in his depiction of a young Charles Dickens, while Christopher Plummer is clearly having a blast playing a Scrooge that rebels against his creator.
Overall The Man Who Invented Christmas may not work as a biopic production-wise, But it's faithfulness to the spirit of the story, the chemestry between Scrooge and Charles being a blast to watch and it's exploration of the idea of how creators influence their creations, makes this one of the most interesting holiday films out there...