DIRECTOR: Robert Zemekis


May Contain Spoilers!

Will we be adding this to our collection? NO

Charles Dickens and Robert Zemekis do not mix. Dickens was a serious and yet darkly witty writer and Zemekis on the other hand, is the man being Forrest Gunp (1994), Back To The Future (1985) and The Polar Express (2004)! So, what has this innovative director done with this satirical Christmas tale?

Well first off, he’s back with his second-rate and difficult to watch animation style, infused with the fad that is 3D, certainly back in 2009, with Avatar (2009) just around the corner and cast Jim Carey as most of the motion capture characters! The original story has already been done to death so I can only presume that the belief was that Zemekis could breath new life into it. Well they were wrong.

Don’t get me wrong, I like his work, especially, the Back To The Future movies (1985 – 1990) and Contact (1997) but he has pushed the envelope too far at times, certainly with his mo-cap animation style. The Polar Express, one of the earliest examples of 3D in this century, is hard to get into, but helped along by the fact that they were trying something new, but what about Beowulf (2007)? The animation was a few years on though still more gloss than substance, but here it just seems to be misjudged and jarring.

In the end, the film just seemed to be unnecessary and experimented with the wrong material.

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