Run time: 127 mins
Spirited takes the classic Dickens story and flips it on its head by having the ghosts be our heroes in this silly, festive comedy.
Every year when Christmas approaches, three ghosts descend upon a figure in need of de-Scrooging, redemption being the ultimate goal. The Ghost of Christmas Present (Will Ferrell) is edging toward retirement but eager to make an impact before that day comes and so picks Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds), a heartless media consultant who spends his life causing conflict for a living. He’s what’s known as an “unredeemable”, someone incapable of real change, but along with Past (Glow’s Sunita Mani) and Future (the voice of Tracy Morgan), he’s determined to finish the job.
The film makes the bold choice to be a musical starring two actors who can’t sing. The choreography at least, is a dazzling combination of tap, hip-hop and jazz performed by a massive ensemble of background singers and dancers. This fine-tuned spectacle coupled with the ineffectual vocals of the main duo, makes Spirited just as much fun to laugh at, as it is to laugh with.