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YMMV / A Christmas Carol (2009)

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • When Scrooge excitedly greets Mrs. Dilber, and dances with her, is he showing the same giddiness he was showing to everyone, or was he being passive-aggressive to the woman he now knows would happily loot his corpse.
    • One has to wonder how honest Belle was being when she leaves Scrooge in the past. She mentions that she's left dowerless by the death of her parents, but Scrooge hasn't broken it off with her. He actually tries to tell her that he would still love her - and maybe his desire for more money is motivated by the fact that she has no dowry - but she refuses to listen. Maybe her self-esteem is just so low that she has imagined that Scrooge feels this way.
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    • The junior novelization takes Scrooge's line about wishing to speak to his clerk as him wanting to reconnect with Dick Wilkins, says Ignorance and Want are his Ignorance and Want specifically, and heavily implies the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come nearly killed Scrooge as he fell into his grave.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Andrea Bocelli has an incredibly epic version of "God Bless Us Everyone". As well as nearly half the movie's soundtrack, especially during the aerial shots of the town.
    • The part where the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge on an aerial tour of Victorian London makes the already magnificent sounds of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing sung by a full professional choir even more epic.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The Ghost Of Christmas Future chasing Scrooge around on a black coach. While showing off some nifty 3D effects and being genuinely spooky (and giving Jim Carrey a chance to adlib), it doesn't advance the plotline and isn't from the book.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: Marley's jaw unhinging during his "Business" rant? Horrifying! Marley placing his hand under his chin and puppeteering his own mouth to finish his sentence? Hilarious!
  • Harsher/Hilarious in Hindsight: Depending on your taste for the medium, knowing that Imagemover's next film would take the studio down with its failure makes the DVD Commentary for this film (which is 90 minutes of Robert Zemeckis singing Motion Capture's praises and talking about how it will evolve as a filmmaking medium) either hilarious or depressing to go back and listen to now.
  • Narm: The slow way of speaking Christmas Past uses can start sounding ridiculous after too long.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The horrifying appearance of Ignorance and Want and demise of the Ghost of Christmas Present.
    • The Nightmare Fuel Big-Lipped Alligator Moment of Scrooge being chased by the the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come on a phantom hearse.
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    • The phenomenal scene of Scrooge being forced to bear witness to Bob's utter grief at losing his child, and knowing that it was his fault (albeit indirectly).
  • Squick: When Marley says Scrooge has a ponderous chain, ghostly spittle flies out. His jaw dislocating and cracking is also hard to watch, especially when his tongue flops out.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The part where Scrooge gets shrunk got a lot of criticism for not being in the book.
  • Uncanny Valley: The motion-capture and general animation style can make every character fall into this, but the Ghost of Christmas Past gets it the worst, especially when its face rapidly cycles between people Scrooge knows.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Even those who didn't like it as an adaptation praised the animation and 3-D effects.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: As a PG-rated Disney film, there are scenes that are especially freaky. Marley's ghost, the Ghost of Christmas Present's death, and Ignorance and Want are decidedly family-unfriendly, as is Christmas Yet To Come.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: * A lot of people think that Robert Zemeckis' took a lot of liberties with the ghosts by showing them as a candel-light creature, a giant and a shadow while in reality that's how they are described in the original book. Most versions that we are use to see show the most well-known look of the ghosts because they needed an actor in a suit.


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