Ms. Scrooge:
Review by
William Mortensen Vaughan
As of:  7:15 a.m. E.S.T., Sunday, September 10, 2018

Title:  Ms. Scrooge

My Rating:  ****  I recommend this adaptation of A Christmas Carol to everyone, but it's not an adaptation I watch every year.

Adaptation:  Starring Cicely Tyson as "Ms. Ebenita Scrooge."

Date Released:  Wednesday, December 10, 1997

Format Reviewed:  live-action film on YouTube

Is this adaptation reverent?:  Yes, this adaptation is reverent, and includes a Christian Minister.

Does it include the phrase, "God bless us..."? Yes

What does my wife think of it?  She found Ms. Scrooge's voice odd and annoying until her transformation, after her ghostly visitations.

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens?  This adaptation is such a "loose" adaptation of A Christmas Carol that it seems odd that it used the names "Scrooge," "Cratchit," and "Marley."

What dialect is used?  American English

When and where does this adaptation take place?  U.S.A., after the Viet Nam War

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel?  No

Is this adaptation supernatural?  This adaptation is supernatural, involving the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

Is this adaptation "framed"?  No

How many original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included?  This adaptation includes one of the best vocal renditions of "Good King Wenceslas" that I've ever heard, as well as "Go Tell It on the Mountain."

How attractive is the visual art?  The visual art is adequate.

How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another?  The transitions are adequate.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation?  The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, that it portrays an elderly, black, female version of Scrooge. A young, black, female version is played by Vanessa Williams in A Diva's Christmas Carol.

The best part of this adaptation, for me, was the rendition of "Good King Wenceslas."

What extras are included on the DVD?  [Not applicable, since I saw this on YouTube, and did not possess a copy of this episode on DVD when I wrote this review.]

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