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MOVIE REVIEW: DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Originally published in 1843, Charles Dickens’ “ A Christmas Carol” is believed to be one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told.  And I have to agree.  Next to “Oliver Twist”, “A Christmas Carol” is my favorite Charles Dickens novel.  I still remember on reading it back in my elementary school days,  how I was drawn to the darkness and grit of story and the characters, and how from the darkness sprang a beautiful hopeful light and joy. And it seems that I am not the only one touched by the tale as over the years there have been countless incarnations of Dickens’ masterful work, from children’s book adaptations to knock off stories to cartoons to animated films to no less than 70 theatrical films and made for tv movies with everyone from Mickey Mouse to Vanessa Williams and Mister Magoo, Reginald Owen, Alastair Sim, a 1910 Marc McDermott,  Tim Curry and Bill Murray, all being visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.  Now Disney enters the fray, yet again (you may recall the adorable “Mickey’s A Christmas Carol) and together with Robert Zemeckis, brings us one of the most authentic adaptations to the Dickens’ classic that I have ever seen Continue reading