Friday, November 26, 2010

A Christmas Carol DVD review

A Christmas Carol is a new DVD released this month and I got the chance to review it!

This is a classic story of A Christmas Carol with Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Jim Carrey) being taken on a journey by ghosts, through three different Christmas times, the past, present and the future whilst teaching him the true meaning of Christmas.

The movie has some great animation and fantastic special effects which can be scary at times and will make you jump out of your seat!  The graphics and presentation of this movie is what keeps you watching and makes it a fantastic movie.

This is what the cast had to say:
Q: Can you discuss the characters you play?

Jim Carrey: Scrooge was abandoned as a child and I always think that the only thing we have to beware of in this world is the unloved. And that’s where it all comes from, that is where Scrooge came from. He tried desperately to cling to whatever was good in life, the things he cared about, and his sister. But he slowly became disappointed by life. There is a transition in the film, at the point where we have the break up scene between Scrooge and Belle (Robin Wright) where he has become a different person. As a child, as children do, Scrooge tried to think positively about the situations he found himself in, children always try to make the best of things. But by the time he was 35, he’d had enough and was just about done, he was finished with making the best of it. And that void within him cannot be filled any more unless he really goes inside himself, which is what happens in his journey. The ghosts that he encounters present his opportunity to see himself. He is introduced to himself. I think that everybody would have the kind of cathartic experience Scrooge has, if they were given the facts about their lives, if they could see the whole picture.

Robin  Wright: I play Scrooge’s younger sister Fan, who’s nine and very English. That was so much fun. Then I also play Belle who is Scrooge’s first love and then becomes his wife. But she leaves because of the way he is, she can’t take it anymore when he becomes too bitter. She tells him that he has removed himself to the point at which she cannot be with him anymore. She tells him that he has excluded everything and everybody from his life that loves him.

Colin Firth: This is one of the first times in my life I have played a character who is so cheerful. He (Fred) is definitely earnest and headstrong; he will not let Scrooge spoil Christmas for him, but he is happy. I have never played anyone who is so completely without a dark and melancholy streak.

Q: What were the challenges for you in terms of the technology?

Robin Wright: It’s great, it’s like doing theatre. You feel like you’re on a stage, moving around wherever you want to go. You’re not locked into a particular position, and you can do different things each time. You’re not hindered; you’re just in a wet suit with weird balls all over it!

Jim Carrey: This is just part of the future and I believe that there will be movies made soon, that you can actually inhabit, you will be able to be in the movie. You will be able to walk around the movie, we’ll have ‘movies in the round’ – it’s exciting. It is all about different ways to tell stories.

Colin Firth: The main differences from traditional filmmaking are in the preparation, which is quite extraordinary. They flew me to London and I had to stand in my underwear as they scanned me. You are basically a ‘virtual puppet’, they want to get all the data on the actor, so that when you finally do your acting, everything is in the data base, and they can capture every expression, right down to the last crease in your face. So you go through a lot of different body poses and movements and then they go through every conceivable facial expression. They also take a face cast, they submerge you in the stuff that dentists use to take gum impressions, it is a bit intense, you have two little holes to breathe through. And then you come to America and they cover you in dots and put you in an extraordinary outfit with a kind of helmet, with a little camera pointing at you. I don’t really grasp this technology. You know, my 8-year-old can explain it better than I can. But having said all that, after all the preparation, you are free.


A Christmas Carol is available on Disney Blu-ray Value Pack and DVD  from 24th November 2010.

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