Watch: A Christmas Carol 2020 123movies, Full Movie Online – A reinvention of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The radical new take on Dickens’ classic seeks both to exhume the original story’s gritty commentary on social inequality and the corrupting influence of greed, and to breathe new life into the lyricism of the original text by setting its scenes to extraordinary tableaux of modern dance. The opening scenes of the film follow a Victorian family preparing a toy theatre for their annual performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’. As the family’s grandmother narrates the much-edited story and her grandchildren change the scenery, we enter the imagination of one of the children in the audience and watch as the cardboard stage, and the story with it, transforms into a darkly fantastical otherworld..
Plot: The radical new take on Dickens’ classic seeks both to exhume the original story’s gritty commentary on social inequality and the corrupting influence of greed, and to breathe new life into the lyricism of the original text by setting its scenes to extraordinary tableaux of modern dance.
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Technically brilliant but boring for most viewers
IN A NUTSHELL: Directed by Jacqui Morris, this artsy-fartsy version of the story we all know and love this time of year is nothing like you’ve ever seen before. It’s being described as a “radical retelling” of the story that has already been filmed over 70 times! Did we need another version?
Dancers will appreciate the flowing action the story utilizes and it really feels like a mixture of theater, film, and ballet. The movie’s official summary reads, “The classic tale unfolds in a rich tapestry of highly absorbing, theatrical drama featuring sumptuous visual effects inspired by the techniques of early cinema. In a daring twist of format, characters are portrayed by dancers and voiced by an eclectic cast of the world’s most recognizable actors.”
If watching movies every Christmas based on this 1843 Charles Dickens classic is your annual tradition, you just might like this new take. In fact, Charles Dickens is actually listed as one of the writers of the film! It kind of feels like you’re watching a play by Shakespeare…you don’t quite love it like you wished you did, but know you’re better and more cultured for having seen it.
TIPS FOR PARENTS: Most kids will be very bored and maybe a bit confused, especially if they’ve never seen anything like this kind of storytelling before. For adults…same. Prostitution mentioned Bullying
THEMES: Service & love for others The purpose of life Regret Change Acts of kindness Empathy and compassion Choices and consequences Social injustice Family Isolation Memory Forgiveness
THINGS I LIKED: The voice talent includes Andy Serkis (The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring ), who also played the Ghost of Christmas Past in a live-action BBC mini-series version of this story in 2019. Others include Cary Mulligan, Martin Freeman, Simon Russell Beale, and Daniel Kaluuya. The color-blind casting is utilized in voice, acting, and dance talent throughout the film. I loved the technically-impressive, ghost-like filter on the actors. It feels like a stage play we’re watching on the other side of an ethereal cloth. Another reviewer described watching the movie like “peering into a dusty Victorian box.” True. The dancers are led by former Royal Ballet and BalletBoyz founder Michael Nunn. The styles blend ballet with breakdance, if you can imagine that! Even the actors sitting at a desk are constantly moving. Lovely musical score by Alex Baranowski. The animated backdrops add to the story-like feeling of Victorian England. Translating this into any other language will be a piece of cake because the actors’ mouths don’t move, so the dubbed language will look seamless. Creative set designs. Sian Phillips’ narration offers the perfect British voice you’d want to tell this story. Some symbolism that is illustrated well in this telling:
* Scrooge = the beliefs and values of Victorian England in the 1800s
* Bob Cratchit = the spirit of Christmas that Charles Dickens wanted to see revived
* Fire = the warmth of the Christmas season
* Marley’s chains = his priorities, beliefs, and money that keep him a slave
* Ghost of Christmas Present = generosity, peace, joy
* Light coming from the Ghost Christmas Past = memories
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE: I think it would be better received as a stage play than as a movie. Despite the constant movement, the movie lacks energy. The movie poster doesn’t do anything to attract the right audience.
A beautiful rendition
There are many versions of this story, because there are many ways it can be portrayed. This is the most natural version of scrooge, a real believable person not a characture. The story highlights the horror of the era as Dickens intended, not sweep them under the carpet. The dance carrys you through the story with a mixture of strength and ethereal beauty. It’s a true Christmas delight and one that I shall add to my watch list for Christmas’s to come.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 34 min (94 min)
Genre Animation, Drama
Director Jacqui Morris
Writer Charles Dickens, David Morris
Actors Thea Achillea, Ruby McMillan-Wilson, Oliver John Lock
Country United Kingdom
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