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Too dark?Intended for children?
Sadly, as a storyteller, Zemeckis doesn't show much common sense either. I was, after all, under the impression this is a movie for children. And while I think children can be shown much more than they're usually allowed to see, when the first image in your story is a rotting, pale corpse inside a coffin with a coin in each eye (coins which Scrooge promptly pockets to pay himself back from another debt), you kinda kickstart the movie on the wrong tone right away.And yet, throughout the film, Zemeckis goes for a constant slapstick humor that makes absolutely no sense, considering Scrooge's age. He's portrayed as the most athletic old man ever, capable of falling on a set of stairs and just getting up, no harm done. Even worse is the moment a spirit dislocates his own jaw, making it hang from his face, and then uses his hand to move the jaw up and down as he speaks.
are you familiar with Dickens' Christmas Carol?
This is a horrible, horrible man living in an awful time.
I thought it had a bit of balls to it, and I've seen far worse uses of 3D.
The story *is* one of dramatic change-- the guy is horrid and doesnt enjoy life. Guy is threatened with death and eternal punishment and makes an *extreme* turnaround. Criticism of this does make the argument of being unfamiliar with the material rather relevant, as it's not an invention of Zemeckis--its the original material.
The bit with Marley's jaw was inspired by the original text:
I think our perceptions are colored by our respective experiences with the material. My being overly familiar with it comes with certain expectations for certain scenes, and is in turn colored by all the other adaptations I've seen.