A
Christmas
Carol
Goes
Wrong

(2017)
starring
Diana Rigg
Review
by
William Mortensen Vaughan
As of:  3:45 p.m. E.D.T., Thursday, April 4, 2019

Title:  A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (2017)

My Rating:  ***

Dove Foundation Rating:  [NOT RATED]

M.P.A.A. Rating:  [NOT RATED]

Adaptation:  starring Diana Rigg as the Narrator

Date Released:  Saturday, December 30, 2017

Format Reviewed:  DVD

Is this adaptation reverent?:  Not particularly.

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

What does my wife think of it?  She laughed her way through most of it.

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens?

This adaptation is a drastically altered and modernized adaptation..

Changes in the story line include three Scrooges (Henry Shields, Henry Lewis, Derek Jacobi), and a female "Fred" - a niece named "Frances" (Nancy Zamit).

Instead of two portly gentlemen asking Scrooge for a donation, a man, a woman, and a child did so.

Bob Cratchit has but one child, Tiny Tim, played by two actors: Henry Lewis and a significantly smaller actor. When the man, woman, and child ask Scrooge for a donation, he gives them his last penny.

Throughout the production, mistakes are made which the film editors intentionally left in the final cut.

There is also a misunderstood love triangle, which is resolved near the end of the film, when the woman playing Mrs. Cratchit proposes to one of the other members of the cast, who accepts.

What dialect is used?  British English.

When and where does this adaptation take place?  This adaptation takes place on a modern BBC One lot.

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel?  No.

Is this adaptation supernatural?  No, this adaptation is not supernatural. On the contrary, it shows the techniques, such as green screen and miniatures, used to create film and television "magic."

Is this adaptation "framed"?

Yes, it is framed by the stories of cast and crew Diana Rigg and the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they bumble their way through perhaps one of the worst productions of A Christmas Carol ever produced, albeit, intentionally, for humorous effect.

What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included?

The cast sings a few bars from "Ding Dong, Merrily on High" and "Jingle Bells."

How attractive is the visual art?

The set and wardrobe for this film are acceptable, including period costumes and buildings. Where it is inadequate, it is intentionally so. The modern settings are probably real.

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

Intentionally, for comic effect, the transitions are very low-tech and poorly done.

Perhaps one of the most humorous, low-tech transitions is when Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present step away from the Cratchit residence, and back as cast and crew hastily convert it into the home where Frances hosts her Christmas party with Topper and his significant other.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation?

The most remarkable thing about this adaptation, besides so many things going intentionally wrong, is, perhaps, that there are three Scrooges.

It is also notable that Diana Rigg appears as the Narrator, although she as aged sigificantly since "The Avengers" appeared on television in black and white.

What extras are included on the DVD?  

There are no extras on this DVD; in fact, it appears to be home-made, with only one option:  to play the film.

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