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YMMV / A Christmas Carol (1999)

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  • Awesome Moments: Having dropped his Ironic Echo dismissing Tiny Tim's death with Scrooge's comments about poor people dying to decrease the surplus population, the Ghost of Christmas Present gives Scrooge a "The Reason You Suck" Speech condemning him for having such a vicious contempt for the lives and livelihoods of the poor. This is straight from the book, but most other adaptations leave it out.
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  • Heartwarming Moments: Scrooge joins in on a Christmas morning mass, and his enthusiasm briefly deflates when he realizes he doesn't know the words to the song the congregation is singing. The man standing next to him notices, and wordlessly shares his hymnal with Scrooge so he can be a part of things.
  • Narm: The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come uses a normal human hand instead of draping black cloth, a skeletal hand, or a creepily long hand to point at things, and its Glowing Eyes of Doom have been compared to Jawas. Seeing a ghost most often the scariest thing in the story come off as so unfrightening is bizarre.
  • Narm Charm: Scrooge laughing for the first time in many years. Literally strangling out a laugh may look really goofy, but the fact that it's Patrick Stewart doing this and the circumstances leading up to it make this one of the film's Heartwarming Moments.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Jacob Marley's face appears in portraits of Bible stories around the fireplace, resulting in the paintings slowly turning their heads to glare at Scrooge.
    • Jacob Marley's jaw falling down onto his chest when he unties the bandage around his head - the first time this detail from the book was included in a live-action adaptation.
    • This is one of the few versions to show Tiny Tim's dead body. The scene is played for pathos, not fear, but it can still be unnerving to see such an unflinching view of a child's corpse.
    • When the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come fades out, the ground opens revealing Scrooge's deceased future self, and Scrooge falls in and lands on top of him, followed by the ground breaking again and they fall into the unknown. Thankfully, that's when Scrooge wakes up in his apartment again.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The prison scene during the Ghost of Christmas Present’s visit. One of the prisoners starts playing “The First Noel” on his flute, leading some of the prisoners into singing along.
    • In the future, Bob Cratchit speaks to Tiny Tim's body and tells him not to be afraid and that he'll always love him.


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