Crowd-pleaser but no clas­sic

Paisley Daily Express - - Theti Cket -

with it.

The 87-year-old is a pitch-perfect Scrooge that mea­sures up to the miserly icon’s finest por­tray­als as he growls sev­eral tasty put­downs.

Fel­low veter­ans Jonathan Pryce ( John Dick­ens) and Si­mon Cal­low (Leech) lend grav­i­tas, if a lit­tle too much ham­mi­ness in the former’s case, while Morfydd Clark daz­zles as Dick­ens’ preg­nant wife Cather­ine.

Like its lead­ing man, there’s a fre­netic pace to Nal­luri’s film as Dick­ens faces a bat­tle to cre­ate and fin­ish his next work to get books into the shops ahead of the ar­rival of Christ­mas.

But the di­rec­tor’s de­ci­sion to shoot on a Dublin sound­stage comes back to haunt him as it makes his movie feel more like a West End play, when util­is­ing more cre­ative cam­era work and vis­ual tech­niques could’ve turned it into a true cin­e­matic event.

There’s a lot go­ing on as well and there are mo­ments that skip by faster than Santa on his sleigh, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for us to take ev­ery­thing in.

How­ever, Nal­luri does sprin­kle magic dust on the scenes where Dick­ens’ real and imag­ined worlds col­lide as A Christ­mas Carol plays out in his mind.

And, like the very best fes­tive flicks, it takes plea­sure in crowd pleas­ing with the true mean­ing of Christ­mas and show­cas­ing the good­ness in peo­ple re­sound­ing mes­sages.

No in­stant clas­sic ala Scrooged, but a long way off tur­keys like Jingle All The Way, The Man Who In­vented Christ­mas is a fresh take on a fa­mil­iar ad­ven­ture that will warm hearts this win­ter.

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