The Man Who Invented Christmas (PG) Home Alone, Die Hard, It’s A Wonderful Life and, my personal favourite, Scrooged.
There have been lots of classic Christmas movies that many of us take great pleasure in watching every time Santa Claus plummets down our chimneys.
The Man Who Invented Christmas doesn’t quite fall into that category, but does deliver enough festive-flavoured fun to make it a worthwhile stocking-filler.
Based on Les Standiford’s book, it tells the story of the journey that led to the creation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale A Christmas Carol.
Fresh from his roaring turn in Beauty and the Beast, Dan Stevens stars as Dickens with the legendary Christopher Plummer popping up as Dickens’ imagined take on Ebenezer Scrooge.
Indian director Bharat Nalluri (Spooks: The Greater Good) keeps the spotlight on Stevens in virtually every scene and the actor’s foppish charm registers well as he embodies Dickens with energy, vulnerability and a sense of wonder.
Susan Coyne makes her movie writing debut adapting Standiford’s novel and sticks closely to the source material.
A clever plot device sees Dickens conjure up characters that he’s looking to feature in his story from people in his everyday life and that allows for Plummer to take the ball and run
Writer’s block Dan Stevens stars as iconic author Charles Dickens