Run time: 90 mins
It’s always a delight to see different interpretations of A Christmas Carol on screen, and this enchanting adaptation takes a haunting, yet beautiful approach.
The film seeks both to exhume the original story’s gritty commentary on social inequality and the corrupting influence of greed, and to breathe new life into the lyricism of the original text by setting its scenes to modern dance.
Carey Mulligan, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuyah, and Andy Serkis provide voice work, while a slew of professional dancers bring these characters to life. The film opens on a Victorian family preparing a toy theatre for their annual performance of Charles Dickens’ tale. As the family’s grandmother narrates the story and her grandchildren change the scenery, we enter the imagination of one of the children in the audience and watch as the cardboard stage, and the story with it, transforms into a darkly fantastical otherworld.
A Christmas Carol offers an immersive experience for fans of both cinema and the stage; offering the perfect substitute to an unfortunate lack of theatre this year. (Jack Whiting)