‘A Christmas Carol’ poster

Posted by · 10:00 am · May 14th, 2009

I was a big fan of Robert Zemeckis’s “The Polar Express” in 2004, but “2007’s “Beowulf” didn’t work for me very much.  I had some major issues with the way 3D was used in the film.  But I’ve been very excited for “A Christmas Carol” ever since the project was announced.

I’ve stood on the sidelines and watched Jim Carrey’s career spiral out of control in the wake of his career-best performance in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”  2005’s “Fun with Dick and Jane” and last year’s “Yes Man” are just incredibly impotent comedies that didn”t give Carrey, a bona fide star, the chance to shine.  “The Number 23,” meanwhile — well, just don’t get me started on that unfortunate project.  It’s all very sad.  Maybe this film will light up his career once again.

The poster for “A Cristmas Carol” has finally hit, and I expect it to be the first of many (since Carrey will be taking on four characters in the film — great opportunity for marketing).  Take a look:

A Christmas Carol

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  • 1 5-14-2009 at 10:11 am

    actionman said...

    I’m with you on the love for Polar but the hate for Beowulf.

    I wish Zemeckis had shot the film in LIVE ACTION and then rendered it all in 3-D.

    Full-blown motion capture is just annoying and ugly and artifical and not cool to look at.

    It’s one thing to do partial mo-cap in something like the Pirates movies with Davy Jones and his crew, and it’s quite another thing to do EVERYTHING in mo-cap. It just doesn’t look or feel right.

  • 2 5-14-2009 at 10:54 am

    AmericanRequiem said...

    Didn’t like polar or beowulf, im hoping this movie changes my mind about motion capture technology

  • 3 5-14-2009 at 11:42 am

    A.J said...

    so wait is this Lemony Snicket 2?

  • 4 5-14-2009 at 12:44 pm

    John H. Foote said...

    I LOVED “The Polar Express” — saw it at the press screening, again with my four year old (just us) and then again with my other daughter and wife, and we have dutifully watched it at least three times each Christmas — there is an inherent nostalgia withinb the film of Christmas as I remember it that takes me back to my childhood — and the North Pole, Santa, and the elves??? What a perfect, spot on creation — just how I imagined it would all be — a breathtaking film that it seems audiences are finding now.

  • 5 5-14-2009 at 1:03 pm

    Bill said...

    I didn’t care for The Polar Express – too many drawn out sequences chasing after things out of reach – but I thought Beowulf was fantastic.

    I can’t evaluate it from a technical point of view. I’m no expert. But I can say that it was something of a literary masterpiece. Anyone who went to the film looking for action and adventure was fooling himself. This was a satire – pure satire – of machismo dominated patriarchal societies, especially paegan European ones.

    It was a bastardized, Christianized, empathy-infused, complete retelling of the poem. Just as Beowulf encounters early Christianity in the second act, the film carries central themes of guilt, forgiveness, sympathy, and sin. It tells the familiar story from the perspective of a victim rather than a hero.

    After seeing the film and having this curious reaction, I searched for Roger Ebert’s review and found that his thoughts paralleled mine.

    So for anyone distracted by the action or by Angelina Jolie and didn’t like the film, watch it again. Look out for the parody, the humor, the Christianity, and the history.

  • 6 5-14-2009 at 6:42 pm

    Mike said...

    Zemeckis just doesn’t want to give up on performance capture. Persistence doesn’t always work mr. Zemeckis.

  • 7 5-14-2009 at 7:43 pm

    Chris said...

    This looks pretty cool, judging from the poster.