William Mortensen Vaughan
|As of: 11:55 a.m. E.S.T., Sunday, December 1, 2019|
Title: A Christmas Carol (2018)
My Rating: ** [Viewer Discretion Advised]
Dove Foundation Rating: [NOT RATED]
M.P.A.A. Rating: PG-13
Amazon Maturity Rating: 13+
Adaptation: starring Kate Katzman as Ellen Scrooge
Date Released: Monday, December 2, 2019 [Note: Although IMDb lists this date as its date of release, I watched it via Amazon Prime in November, more than a week before the official release date.]
Format Reviewed: live-action, feature-length video adaptation streamed online
Is this adaptation reverent?: Not particularly.
Does it include the phrase, "God bless us..."? No.
What does my wife think of it? She's not interested in this adaptation.
How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens?
This adaptation is a drastically altered and modernized adaptation, with an attractive, young, blonde woman (Kate Katzman) in the role of "the Scrooge," named Ellen Scrooge.
The "Marley" in this adaptation is a handsome, young man (Rafael Gerardo Rey) whose first name is Marley, and the company is named Scrooge and Hernandez.
There's an elderly "Bob Cratchit, a grandfather named Roberto (Reinaldo Gonzales) who seems to live alone with his grandson, a football-loving version of Tiny Tim named Tim (Josh Riesenberg). This grandfather goes around mumbling in Spanish throughout the movie. Suggestion: Subtitles in Spanish, with English translations!
Fred is replaced by a younger sister named Jennifer (Eliana Ghen), who's married to a man named Carlos (Chris Watson).
Belle is replaced by a handsome, young man named Jack (Jordan Morello).
The thing I dislike the most about this adaptation are the physical assaults on Ellen Scrooge . Marley's ghost grabs her by the throat, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come looks like a cat burglar terrorist in black tights and goggles who also grabs her by the throat. Perhaps these scenes are why Amazon recommends it to people who are at least thirteen years old. What dialect is used? English, with Hispanic accents.
When and where does this adaptation take place? This adaptation takes places in the U.S. (Florida, I think), circa 2020.
Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel? No.
Is this adaptation supernatural? Yes, this adaptation is supernatural, as is the original.
Is this adaptation "framed"? No.
What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included?
Although this movie has background music, the word "music" is not found on its IMDb reference page. I suspect that the executive producer, Armando Gutierrez, used royalty-free music, instead of paying for musical rights, let alone hiring musicians to write and/or perform the background music.
How attractive is the visual art?
The set and wardrobe for this film appear luxurious.
How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another?
Special effects are used, but do not strike me as particularly creative. My favorite effect was the title appearing, letter by letter, out of smoke, then being deleted, as letter by letter returned to smoke.
What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation?
The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, the introduction of the "smart phone." Although other adaptations, such as Stuart Brennan's, may have previously introduced smart phones into adaptations of A Christmas Carol, this is the first adaptation in which they seemed, to me, as crucial to the plot. Ellen Scrooge constantly uses hers, including to summon her car. Marley's ghost appears to her when as it acts up. Her brother-in-law uses another smart phone to photograph her with her sister (his wife), when they reconcile on Christmas Day.
The thing I dislike the most about this adaptation are the physical assaults on Ellen Scrooge . Marley's ghost grabs her by the throat, almost in the same breath in which he insists that they were friends - not just co-workers, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come looks like a cat burglar terrorist in black tights and goggles, who also grabs her by the throat.
Perhaps these scenes are why Amazon recommends it to people who are at least thirteen years old.
What nap-of-the-earth footage, if any, is included? None, although there are aerial shots, probably taken with a helicopter drone.
What use is made of background extras? Little, if any...
What extras are included on the DVD? [NOT APPLICABLE]
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