I'm sure many of you were thinking the same thing I was when I first saw this trailer: "again?"
Yes, this is a classic tale told over and over, Britain's most famous Christmas story. Heck, I think more Americans recognize this story over the most famous American story (The Gift of the Magi)
Director Robert Zemeckis (Beowolf, Polar Express) was probably also thinking the same thing, that's why he did his best to make it his own. I know you can't really alter this famous tale, but adding the 3D animation and the always dependable Jim Carrey as Ebeneezer Scrooge's voice, Zemeckis manages to turn this wonderful tale into a fun 3D thrill. More updated for kids today, the animation is wonderful, the effects are great (although I'd still say Coraline is still reigning as my favorite 3D film) The voice actors are wonderful, although perhaps too over-shadowed by Carrey, they consist of Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Penn , Bob Hoskins, Cary Elwes, Colin Firth.
The plot of course, is Ebeneezer Scrooge is a bitter man, he's visited by 3 spirits on Christmas Eve. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. They teach him to change his ways. While you already know it, it's still a charming tale, and definitely a good one to take the kids to this holiday season. Or if your just a 3D junkie, the graphics are top notch. Although some scenes may be a bit frightening for small children.
Recommended: Yes 4/5 stars
Memorable Quote: "Bahh...Humbug" (because that really never gets old..I say it at work all the time) Ebeneezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey)