William Mortensen Vaughan
|As of: 5:40 p.m. E.D.T., Sunday, November 3, 2019|
My Rating: *** [Viewer Discretion Advised]
Dove Foundation Rating: [NOT RATED]
M.P.A.A. Rating: TV-PG
Ned Dennehy as Ebenezer Scrooge
Robert Wilfort as Bob Cratchit
Jennifer Hennessy as Emily Cratchit
Peter Firth as Jacob Marley
Date and Place of First Release: Saturday, December 26, 2015; U.S.A.
Format Reviewed: live-action, television series, on DVD
Is this adaptation reverent?: Not particularly, although church attendance is mentioned.
Who, if anyone, utters the the phrase, "God bless us..."? N/A
What does my wife think of it? She enjoyed it enough to want to see another BBC series, "Bleak House."
How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens? This is an expanded, reworked adaptation, encompassing tales and characters from other writings by Charles Dickens, such as The Old Curiosity Shop, Oliver Twist, and Bleak House. It takes numerous liberties with these tales. For example, a significant amount of the screen time in this series is dedicated to Jacob Marley's murder, although the cause of his death is never mentioned in the original novel.
What dialect is used? British English.
When and where does this adaptation take place? This adaptation takes place in London, circa 1843.
Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel? Yes, the action takes place, starting on the day of Jacob Marley's death, and continuing for the following days, as Investigator Bucket discovers who killed him.
Is this adaptation supernatural? Not for the most part, although Ebenezer Scrooge hears chains clanking in his home near the end of the series, implying that Jacob Marley might be haunting him.
Is this adaptation "framed"? Yes, it is framed by other modified, Dickensian tales.
What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included?
This film includes an instrumental, theme song, and background music, where appropriate, including a vocal rendition of "Silent Night" as Nellie lies dying on her bed.
How attractive is the visual art?
The visual art, wardrobe, and setting are excellent period piece, which recreates a Dickensian London, inhabited by characters from his fictitious writings.
How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another?
The transitions seem "low-tech," but effective.
What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation?
The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, that it recreates a Dickensian London, inhabited by characters from his fictitious writings.
What extras are included on the DVDs? There are three behind-the-scenes featurettes on Disc 3 of 3.
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