During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
Kristin Scott Thomas
In 1843, the celebrated British novelist, Charles Dickens, is at a low point in his career with three flops behind him and his family expenses piling up at home. Determined to recover, Dickens decides to write a Christmas story and self-publish it in less than two months. As Dickens labors writing on such short notice, his estranged father and mother come to bunk with him. Still haunted by painful memories of his father ruining his childhood by his financial irresponsibly, Dickens develops a writer's block which seems to have no solution. As such, Dickens must face his personal demons epitomized through his characters, especially in his imagined conversations with Ebenezer Scrooge. Now with a looming deadline, Dickens struggles for inspiration against his frustrations and his characters' opinions in a literary challenge creating a classic tale that would define the essential soul of modern Christmas. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cast members Miriam Margolyes, Ian McNeice, Ger Ryan and Jonathan Pryce have previously appeared in adaptations of Oliver Twist, another popular novel that Charles Dickens wrote. Margolyes portrayed Mrs. Corney in the 1985 miniseries produced by the BBC, as well as narrated the 2012 documentary The First Fagin, about the creation of the novel's villian, Fagin. McNeice appeared in the 2005 film adaptation as a workhouse board member. Ger Ryan appeared in the 1999 miniseries adaptation as Mrs. Sorrowberry, the undertaker's wife. And Pryce played the role of Fagin during the 1994 West End revival of Lionel Bart's Oliver!, and even appeared on the show's cast recording. See more »
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I wanted to love it, I really did, but I didn't. The concept of watching what creative influence got Charles Dickens to create the timeless masterpiece that change the way people celebrated the holiday season seemed like an inspiring tale. I was energetic to see it.
It reminds me of a TV movie from the 80s or 90s called The Dreamer of Oz in which John Ritter played the dude who wrote the Wizard of Oz and we saw how he drew the fantastic story from his everyday life.
It's the same deal with the Man who Invented Christmas. As we learn about the life of Charles Dickens and get insight of what type of man he was. We also see where the bits and pieces of A Christmas Carol come from, and when we starts to write the book, he lets his imagination go wild as the characters from the book come to life and somewhat haunt him like ghost until he gets the story finished. All the while the movie makes a claim of how the book itself somewhat mimics Dickens own life.
All of this sounds good in theory but it was a god awful job putting it all together. Trying to be both surrealistic and a straight narrative seem to be a hard task for the filmmakers and it made for a badly done effort.
I hate to be so harsh on a movie, but for the most part it was not the worse to sit through but it was not the most interesting of films.
I think they're versions of a Christmas Carol better suited to watch this Holiday season way better than the version about the man who wrote it.
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