Instead, the audience is taken on a wild ride with no rhyme or reason and is hardly entertained in the process. I mean, even the 1966 cartoon version of "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" is far more sophisticated in comparison (and probably made for far less money). Not only does it tell essentially the same story (without the annoying ghosts, mind you), but it packs more of an emotional wallop in a far more entertaining fashion—with none of the fancy technology to boot. 

If anything, watching A Christmas Carol proves yet again that substance should always prevails over style in filmmaking, otherwise it's nothing more than a flat movie that'll have you saying "Bah Humbug!" before the holiday season even officially begins.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Wine is consumed with the Christmas meal.
  • Language/Profanity:  The word "a—" is used twice in reference to Scrooge, also a couple of instances of "Oh my G—!,
  • Sex/Nudity:  A couple of the women where cleavage-revealing dresses.
  • Scary Images:  The movie has a very eerie and creepy tone to it, one that scared the dickens out of several kids who left only a few scenes into the film. Not only does Marley's ghostly arrival in chains frighten Scrooge, but pretty much everyone else in the audience, too. Same goes for the three ghosts who ultimately show up. Another visual of Marley, lying dead in his coffin, is equally unsettling.
  • Thematic Material:  Death, not to mention coming to terms with one's own wasted life are themes that dominate the story. 
     

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

For more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.