Friday, November 26, 2010

A Christmas Carol

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

A Christmas Carol - 5 out of 5

In case you're wondering what A Christmas Carol I'm reviewing, it's the newest one from Disney starring Jim Carrey, not one of the other million versions of this classic story that's been done.

Alright, where do I start? First off, is there anything Jim Carrey can't do? Not only does he portray Ebenezer Scrooge, he also plays all the ghosts that visit Scrooge. I can hear a meme with Xzibit's face on it now, "Yo Dawg, I heard you like Jim Carrey, so we had Jim Carrey visit himself as a ghost so you can have Jim Carrey visiting Jim Carrey."

The man portrays every character wonderfully and is able to delivery them each uniquely that you are quick to forget that there are two Jim Carreys sharing the screen at any time. In fact, this movie works its elements so well, that you are quickly submerged into the world that is being created before you that you will also forget you are watching an animated movie because the mo-cap (motion capture) animation is so good, it looks real. In fact, it's amazing how far mo-cap has come in the short years it has been utilized (mostly by Robert Zemeckis). Another great element that works well in pulling you into the movie is the sound...WOW, is all I have to say to the sound. When you watch it, pay close attention to it and the level of detail they put into it is unlike many animated films.

The overall presentation of this movie is just jaw dropping. This was actually the first 3-D film I've seen in a theater and it still holds as one of the best. The use of motion capture technology and the heavy use of light and shadow to create ambiance as Ebenezer is put through the whirlwind of events by the spirits puts a fresh spin on an old classic.

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