John Brett
William Mortensen Vaughan
As of:  6:30 a.m. E.S.T., Sunday, November 1, 2020

A Christmas Carol (2019)
Title:  A Christmas Carol (2020)

Adaptation:  Starring John Brett as Ebenezer Scrooge

Date Released:  2020

Format Reviewed:  live-action, feature-length, video adaptation streamed online

My Rating:  ** [sub-standard]

Dove Foundation Rating:  [not rated]

M.P.A.A. Rating:  13+

What does my wife think of it?  N/A

Is this adaptation reverent?:  Yes.

Does it include the phrase, "God bless us..."? If so, who says it?  Yes.....

When and where does this adaptation take place?  This adaptation takes places in London, in 1795.

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

Although it takes place in London, hundreds of years ago, this adaptation is drastically altered. To start with, Bob Cratchit narrates parts of it. Instead of six children, he has one daughter, named Lucy, and a Pekingese dog. For no apparent reason, the first scene opens in 1795. Fred and the portly gentlemen are replaced by a solitary nun. There are no Fezziwigs, or Christmas balls, and no Belles. The only "eye candy" in this adaptation is the Ghost of Christmas Past, played by a woman named Niamh Murphy. Two unrelated stories are revealed to Scrooge: one about a young girl who donates her heart to a boy, in a future where they communicate via smart phones; and another about a young nun who hangs up her habit circa 1915, when Germans sink the Lusitania.

What dialect is used?  English, with Irish accents.

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?

The background music is by the Girish Patel. Also included is a rendition of "Silent Night" on a recorder (the musical instrument).

How attractive is the visual art?

The set and wardrobe for this film are inadequate. The robe worn by the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is so wrinkled that it's embarrassing.

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

There is nothing particularly creative about this film. Everything seems inadequate.

What nap-of-the-earth footage, if any, is included?  During the opening credits, the camera flies through the empty streets of a virtual London.

What use is made of background extras?  There aren't any background extras.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation?

The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, how disjointed it seems, with live action sprinkled with virtual 3D animation and silent films. The video, sound, and script editing are poor. For example, the first two times Bob mentions Lucy, a Pekingese dog appears, creating the impression that Lucy is the dog's name.

What extras are included on the DVD?  [NOT APPLICABLE]

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