"The" Best Christmas Carol version
Movie Lover: Craig
Indian Wells, CA US
-- December, 5, 2008
I agree with others who have stated this is one of the best, except that I think it is THE best Christmas Carol/Scrooge movie. I remember seeing this movie in the theater when I was younger and we had the "LP record." We would play it at Christmas and a lot of the songs became standards for our family. When the movie came out on VHS, I showed it to my kids who love it and it continues to be a traditional watch for the holidays for the next generation of my family. Albert Finney is the best of all Scrooges and does a wonderful job as both a young man and an old Scrooge with the makeup being so extraordinary. The songs are just great and the acting superb. You can not help but cry at the end when he "talks" to Marley at his door saying that he is going to have dinner "with his family." A must for every household!
The Best Christmas Carol Adaptation
Movie Lover: Sherman Lundy
-- May, 22, 2007
This is perhaps the best film version of the Dickens classic. The movie takes a few minor liberties with the story, but they do not hinder the film in the slightest.
The songs are moving and memorable, both as musicals go and as holiday music. The special effects are outstanding also making this one of the best Gothic ghost stories ever filmed.
The film succeeds the most though as Albert Finney (in his finest role) and company bring forth the true spirit of the Dickens story and the Christmas Season. Not to be missed!