A Christmas Carol Review

Yes, I have seen four musicals this year, but there is one show I saw this year that holds the same kind of importance. That would be the straight play, A Christmas Carol at Theatre Charlotte. As a matter of fact, I do not even remember if I even saw a show there (it is one of Charlotte’s community theaters). Do you know why it holds the same importance as Fiddler on the Roof, Miss Saigon, Aladdin, and Les Mis? That is because of the importance of A Christmas Carol in my life. A Christmas Carol entered my life a long time ago when I was either in elementary or middle school- by the George C. Scott movie. It soon became a tradition in my family to watch it every Christmas Season. So, now I would be seeing the stage show of it (I did watch Scrooge, the musical of A Christmas Carol, but do not think I remember a time when I saw watched the straight play. The difference with this show compared to any musical I saw was that my family actually knew one of the cast members- one of the main reasons why we wanted to watch it this year.

My Scrooge was Ron Law. It can be easy to compare him to George C. Scott’s Scrooge, but I did not. I was enjoying him more and more as the play continued. Who was the young Scrooge: Blake Harwood.

You also had Rick Taylor as Jacob Marley, Anna McCarty as Ghost of Christmas Past, Chip Bradley as Ghost of Christmas Present, John Rendlemen as Ghost of Christmas Future, Maxwell Greger as Bob Cratchit, Pearce Stinson as Tiny Tim, and Keyes Miller as Fred.

The ensemble was amazing- from the children to the adults. Literally, when I saw the costumes, it was like they were coming right out of the book. This is a small community theatre we are talking about. The special effects of the fog and the sounds gave the feeling that A Christmas Carol is supposed to when the Spirits come.

Meaning of A Christmas Carol

A couple days ago, I finally got to see the George C. Scott movie of A Christmas Carol. Of all Christmas Movies, that is the main one I hope to see. It is a tradition to actually see it. There is a lot of meaning in the story- what is it exactly?

For one thing- A Christmas Carol does have some nostalgia in it. That is due to the fact that I have loved the story since I was (I believe) either in middle or elementary school. So, it is quite important to my life.

It is also my favorite Charles Dickens’ story- it may be one of his shortest, but my favorite. It truly shows you the spirit of Christmas. The story has a lot of characters to fall in love with: from Scrooge to Tiny Tim; etc……It takes you on this incredible journey- Scrooge can seem can like a protagonist you can strongly dislike, but in reality, he is not. Yes, there are some characters you are around for only a short period of time, but they are important- to explain why Scrooge became the why he is. I love how Christmas Carol shows why people become who they are all the way to showing that you can change. Each of the spirits represent their particular time frame: of the past, present, and the future.

It is hard to explain why I love A Christmas Carol so much. That is what can make a good story- you somehow just know: do you know what I mean?

Christmas Movies I hope to Watch Every Holiday Season

We have our traditions. We have the things we hope to accomplish during the Holiday Season. For me, there are three movies in particular I hope to see- one of which has been watched for several years. What are those movies exactly?

White Christmas

  • While this is a musical movie, I would not watch it all year long. That is because it is holiday movie. It is kinda of hard to describe why I hope to watch this movie every Holiday Season.

Elf

  • This is one of the very few movies that my entire family watches during the Holiday movies. It is such a delight to watch. This might just be my favorite holiday movie if A Christmas Carol did not exist. It also is one of those movies that teaches you what Christmas Spirit is.

A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott)

  • Yes, I am a millennial, but of all Holiday movies, this is my favorite. It has been tradition to watch this for a very long time. There is something about A Christmas Carol that strongly drives you in. It truly shows you what Christmas Spirit is. It has an incredible cast of characters (yes, there are a lot). I love Scrooge, Tiny Tim, among others. You truly can feel connected to Scrooge- especially because you see his backstory come to life due to the Ghost of Christmas Past. I love seeing all of the Spirits come to life except the Ghost of Christmas Future (which creeps me out).

Are there any holiday movies you hope to see every Christmas Season?

What is my favorite Christmas Movie?

I am a millennial. Millennials favorite Christmas movies tend to be movies like Elf, Home Alone, or Polar Express. However, my favorite Christmas movie is not any of those. It happens to be A Christmas Carol (George C Scott Version). It has been tradition to watch A Christmas Carol every Christmas Season for as long as I can remember. 

What makes A Christmas Carol my favorite Christmas Movie? It is hard to explain exactly. People do know that I love the classics in terms of books, and A Christmas Carol is one of those classics. It was written by Charles Dickens. It is home to memorable characters and a plot to fall in love with. I love how the spirits teach Scrooge that he needs to change- they show him just how greedy and cold-hearted he has become, and he learns through the true meaning of Christmas. Every spirit is different giving you a different feeling- the Ghost of Christmas Future creeps me out. At the end, Scrooge redeems himself and helps the Cratchit family. 

In terms of characters: I love how Scrooge changes through the story. Who can not fall in love with the Cratchit family especially Tiny Tim, who has so much spirit and hope. There are other characters to fall in love with. 

This movie just shows you the true meaning and value of Christmas. It shows the spirit of Christmas perfectly. There is something about it that makes it my favorite Christmas movie. It has an amazing plot- a good movie has an amazing plot with memorable characters. I love the foreshadowing put into this movie. 

A Christmas Carol Book Review

As a bit of background, I have grown up up with a Christmas Carol through the movie adaption, which was the George Scott version. So A Christmas Carol was my first introduction to Charles Dickens and was my first classics I ever loved. But in those times growing up, I have never read the book, which seems quite surprising. An interesting thing about this version of the book is that it is complete with pictures.

As expected I loved the book and was an easy book to read after Hunchback of Notre Dame due to how short it was. It was a fast read. As I was reading, I could start to visualize ┬áscenes from the movie. Each chapter is focused on a particular spirit. It still is the ghost of Christmas Future that creeps me out the most. These ghosts really looked like the same ghost in the movie. I just love this story how this spirits help make Scrooge a better person. He used to very greedy and called Christmas a “humbug” and never really celebrated it. The Ghost of Christmas Past showed how he got to be the man he eventually become. He had a tough childhood and eventually the love of his life left all because of how much he seemed to love about money. The Ghost of Christmas Present taught him about the spirit of Christmas and showed that even the poor celebrate Christmas and are still happy on this wonderful day. The Ghost of Christmas Future taught him of what will happen in the future, but those events can be changed if Scrooge changes his ways. I think Scrooge in some ways is a complex character. On Christmas Day (the following day after the spirits visited), Scrooge became a much happier man and felt compassionate towards the poor and towards Mr. Cratchit’s family. He started helping them in any way he can and raised Mr. Cratchit’s family.

I love Mr. Cratchit’s family. Despite being poor, they still are happy. Tiny Tim, who is a cripple, has this incredible spirit and one of his most famous lines is “God Bless Us, Every One”. Mr. Cratchit has such an incredible bond with Tim. Even this family is huge and poor, they still have a wonderful bond with each other. But if Scrooge didn’t change his ways, Tiny Tim would have died. But Scrooge did, which is part of why he raised Mr. Cratchit’s salary in the end.

Fred, Scrooge’s Nephew, always invites his Uncle year of year to have dinner with him, but Scrooge always refused. Fred actually loves his Uncle despite how greedy his Uncle is. But in the end, Scrooge finally came to dinner.

So A Christmas Carol really shows the spirit of Christmas. No matter how poor you are or no matter how rich you are, Christmas is worth celebrating. No wonder A Christmas Carol is so well loved. It teaches us to think of those in need and gives us an idea of where we came from and we see that through Ghost of Christmas Past, which shows Scrooge how he became what he is. We are the way we are because of the past. We learn what Christmas really means and yes it is about the birth of Jesus, but it is also about family and it defiantly not a “humbug” like Scrooge once said. Through the spirits, he really learned what Christmas is really about and how it isn’t a “humbug”.

“God, Bless Us Everyone”- Tiny Tim, Charles Dickens