I enjoyed the film and the songs. However, the movie made such an impression on me that it influenced my entire Life philosophy. Like some of the other comments, my family has a yearly tradition of saving this Christmas movie for the last one of the season to really get us in the Christmas spirit. The production itself, well directed by Ronald Neame ''Great Expectations'' is handsomely filmed and suitable for all ages. Scrooge returns home to get ready for lunch with his family and thanks Marley for helping him at a second chance at life.
It takes you on a journey, nearly two hours worth, offering an alternative approach to understanding who Mr. The excellent casting includes Dame Edith Evans, whom plays the ghost of Christmas past like the quality actress she always has been. The ghost of Scrooge's partner, Jacob Marley Guinness appears and forewarns Scrooge that he is coming to no good end. Through them Scrooge sees visions of his own, wasted existence, which is contrasted with that of his long-suffering employee, Bob Cratchit David Collings , an indefatigably cheerful chap - at least until tragedy strikes - and beloved by his large family. It is a musical, which makes it far more enjoyable to me. Scrooge was directed by the great British cinematographer, producer and director Ronald Neame Great Expectations, Tunes of Glory but produced, adapted, and featuring songs by Leslie Bricusse, who'd previously written both the songs and screenplay to Dr.
You just can't create another musical version of this story that tops this one! Fezziwig , David Collings Bob Cratchit , Frances Cuka Mrs. Kenneth More makes the perfect ghost of Christmas present. I believe it's the first I've ever encountered. Though this was not the first ''Carol'' to be set to music, it is easily the best. In some moments he is a clown and others a very scary spirit. He dismisses the spirit as he returns to the present. Cratchit , Richard Beaumont Tiny Tim and Suzanne Neve Isabel.
Fezziwig , Laurence Naismith Mr. Scrooge is usually portrayed by an older actor so that, in flashbacks to Scrooge's youth, a look-alike actor generally plays Scrooge as a young man. I thought Albert Finney was very good as Mr. He's also has had two screenplays under consideration in Hollywood. I cannot say this is the closest adaptation, or even the best adaptation. It had been a tremendously successful stage musical in London and New York.
Scrooge is one of those films where you can sit down and let it wash all over you. George Frost's makeup is wisely restrained for old Scrooge, while Finney's playing of both the younger Scrooge and especially old Scrooge gazing sadly on his wasted life is particularly fine. Extras None, and that's a pity. Which brings me to the woefully lethargic score; songs sung as almost incidental afterthoughts by supporting cast or as ensemble set pieces: all of them mere backdrop, thus rendering the film's premise as a musical moot even before the story has begun. Alec Guiness' Marley is a superbly acerbic vision from Hell. As such it plays a bit like a Broadway show during tryouts, a show with extraneous musical numbers that have yet to be pruned or at least tightened before opening night.
It also imparts the value of staying connected to matters of the spirit and heart, and illustrates the difficulties that arise when ones focus becomes only the material or the monetary. When Marley first enters Scrooge's room he fairly glides, disjointedly across the room, encumbered by the chains he forged in life and which he now must carry around for eternity. In the spirit and tradition of Oliver! People knew the tunes quite well. And Anton Rodgers deserves a special mention for singing one of my all-time favourite musical numbers, 'Thank You Very Much', which is a rollicking sing-along song. Christmas films, like Christmas songs, are a hugely personal choice, and depend so much on childhood experience.
Much like It's a Wonderful Life, Scrooge seems to have found its audience mainly through yearly airings during the holiday season. One by one, the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future take the startled Ebenezer on an incredible journey through time - showing him in one magical night what takes most people a lifetime to learn. My favorite part of the movie is when Scrooge meets the ghost of Christmas Present. Albert Finney was not my favorite Poirot, but he is my favorite Ebenezer Scrooge. Finney's transformation into the miserable miser is award winning. The other tunes are serviceable, but forgettable. It just isn't Christmas here without it! He holds a Masters in Communications and an Honors B.
Yet Scrooge quickly becomes an exercise in tedium, desperately second rate in its re-telling; wholly unrealized in its claptrap of episodic vignettes loosely strung together in Leslie Bricusse's weighty script and thoroughly weighted down in forgettable songs. Finney adopts Marvin's singing style, which is a sort of low-register growl. The audio is quite a revelation too. This joyful movie filled with wonderful songs that bring me the Christmas Spirit every year. One favorite part is while Bob Crachit and his kids are getting last minute things for Christmas Eve During Christmas Children , there is such an obvious display of the differences between the rich and the poorer classes.
I attempted to watch the latest musical version with Kelsey Grammar, I really tried. Edge enhancement is limited to some brighter scenes with snowy backgrounds, and there is minimal pixelization. Marley sends three more spirits to haunt Scrooge that evening: the Ghosts of Christmas Past Edith Evans , Present Kenneth More , and Christmas Yet to Come choreographer Paddy Stone. Scrooge has everything going for it. The musical was revived at London Palladium in October 2012 with Steele reprising the role. It ran till 5 January 2013. Yes, I was a bit scared when I was young, but I had reassuring parents and saw that in the end, it was upbeat and fun.
Some of the songs are funny. The rest of the cast indeed are incredible. Viewers familiar only with the television version are surprised by this sequence, which has lavish production design but seems to exist solely to give Alec Guinness a larger role. That they miserably fail in spite of themselves is a more personalized disappointment than artistic embarrassment; though arguably Scrooge is a little of both. Happily, this version Succeeds at both.