SCROOGE (1970 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.4|5.0 Starsììì

Scrooge has difficulty getting the scrooge into Scrooge. Albert Finny cannot do the role of sour, cranky, and miserly well. And, in the scenes displaying the Ghost of Christmas Past, the ‘happy’ dancing characters did not seem really happy. The main challenge in this movie is lack of realistic acting that is adequate enough to pull the story well. It needs a reboot.

Storyline

Ebednezer Scrooge doesn’t ever really die as can be seen in this 2005 remake of an old and favorite Christmas story.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Ronald Neame for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Leslie Bricusse for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Ebenezer Scrooge (Albert Finney), Ghost of Christmas Past (Edith Evans), Ghost of Christmas Present (Kenneth More), Mr. Fezziwig (Laurence Naismith), Nephew Fred (Michael Medwin), Bob Cratchit (David Collings), Tom Jenkins (Anton Rodgers), Isabel Fezziwig (Suzanne Neve), Ethel Cratchit (Frances Cuka), 1st Gentleman of Charity (Derek Francis), Tom (Gordon Jackson), 2nd Gentleman of Charity (Roy Kinnear), Fred’s Wife (Mary Peach), Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (Paddy Stone), and Mrs. Fezziwig (Kay Walsh).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. A better choice for this story is Robert Zemeckis’ 2009 animated version, A Christmas Carol.

Ben Meyers

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