A Christmas Carol (\N)

Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell,
A musical version of Charles Dickens's story of a miserly misanthrope who is taken on a magical journey.
  • 6.6 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2019-10-03 Added:
  • Sean Anders, Charles Dickens, Writer:
  • John Morris, Director:
  • Producer:


10 / 10

Not what expected - but better!

I'm honestly not sure what I expected, but it wasn't this. It took me a little bit to get into it as I thought it was just going to be another so-so remake of the overdone "Christmas Carol." When I learned that it was a semi-musical, I was slightly less enthused as I am not a big fan of musicals. In the end, it was just what I needed. It might be just what a lot of people need. It was funny, witty, charming and uplifting with just a touch of adult humor here and there. It is also something that has a relevant message for kids and teens. There were certainly some plot twists that set it apart from the normal run of the mill remake. In the end, it was a great watch. In fact, I might even watch it again.

6 / 10

Good afternoon, from someone who isn't a fan of musicals.

I don't like Christmas movies, I don't like musicals, and guess what was the Monday mystery movie... yup, a Christmas musical. So clearly I'm not the target audience, but I try to watch everything so here we are. So many people walked out as this was the Monday mystery movie, it was actually disrespectful. I saw a leak post earlier saying it was going to be spirited so I was a little mentally prepared and actually tried to enjoy it.

Pretty upbeat just like any other Christmas movie. It starts out as a kid's movie, guess most musicals are, but still has some 'dirty' jokes as it goes on. Runtime's way longer than the actual plot was due to the singing. It got a couple good laughs; at times felt more of a comedy than musical. A good blend of Reynolds and Farrells humor, if you're a fan of either you might enjoy it.

Actually could have been more bearable for me if it wasn't a musical, every time I was about to forget it is someone starts singing; after a while there's longer periods between the songs, and other moments when songs are squeezed together, mostly at the beginning of the movie and at the end. So there actually wasn't as much singing, you almost forget it's a musical in the middle.

I think the camerawork was and the production scene felt like it was set up on stage so it felt like a theatre play. Songs aren't as catchy, I only recall if two that had me.

The story is pretty predictable on how it's going to end, it's just the journey of getting there. My favorite parts were when the singing was abruptly cut, singing aside its a decent movie. I just want to say you don't have to make a Christmas movie every year, it's almost impressive how they keep churning them out. I don't think this is a terrible addition, but love, actually is still the only Christmas movie I actually love.

6 / 10

Overwhelming, but a fun Christmas movie

You hope for a Christmas movie to warm your heart like a cup of hot chocolate with marshmellows by the fireplace on a cold December night, but Spirited was more like entering the mall and hearing a Mariah Carey Christmas song for the 20th time of the season, so that's not so bad.

Will Ferrell & Ryan Reynolds' chemistry is what elevates it above average despite the lively & colorful musical numbers this felt slightly overdone & overcooked. At the end of the day, it made me laugh and made me feel happy. A fun modern twist on the classic story.

Another big positive is the music, for fans of musicals there is a lot to unpack here and surprisingly both Ferrell & Reynolds can hold their own singing and dancing. So I'm not going to be a Grinch here and say I didn't like it, because I did. It's just... a bit much at times.


9 / 10

Goofy, chaotic, musical fun

THINGS I LIKED:Who doesn't adore Ryan Reynolds? (Those who don't like the same character he plays in almost every role he does.) Well, now we know he can sing too! This is his first musical ever.

I know some people don't like Will Ferrell, but I get a kick out of him most of the time. What I love about him is that he doesn't seem to take himself seriously and is up for any gag, joke, or physical humor.

Both Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell were each paid $20 MILLION dollars for being in this movie! The total amount spent on the cast alone was $75 MILLION!

This is the second adaptation of A Christmas Carol that Patrick Page has been in.

You'll get a kick out of the celebrity cameos.

This cute musical explains that the afterlife is a musical. Yay! I knew it! ??There's a funny shout-out to Judy Dench and her age. She's such a national treasure.

There are a couple of sweet twists.

Fun, energetic choreography. The fantastic tap dancing was a fun bonus.

The movie isn't a traditional Christmas movie, but because it features elements from A Christmas Carol and some holiday décor, it makes a fun addition to the movies that come out in November to get us in the mood for the most magical time of the year!

In between the bouncy musical numbers, there is some social commentary we should consider about the priorities in our own lives.

Keep watching during the final rolling credits for a musical reprise.

The ultimate test of a movie might be if you'd watch it again. For me, it's a yes. Some of the jokes fly fast and furiously, especially the lyrics in the songs, so I'm sure I missed some fun content.

This is the kind of Christmas show that'll put a goofy grin on your face. We need more of those.

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:I get a kick out of Will Ferrell, but readily admit his singing isn't the greatest. That being said, none of the leading singers were very good, but still plenty better than how I can sing.

Not all of the humor lands.

We don't need all of the crude humor. Making jokes palatable for adults who watch this with their kids doesn't mean the humor has to be vulgar.

TIPS FOR PARENTS:Some profanitySome crude jokesWe see a naked Will Ferrell in the shower from the waist upWill Ferrell flips the bird

THEMES:Can people change?

RedemptionRipples of our kindnessYour choices make you who you are.

Do a little goodThe afterlifePrioritiesPast, present, futureChoices and consequences.

You can see the full review on the Movie Review Mom YouTube channel.

9 / 10

Rated high out of pure enjoyment

Not perfect but highly entertaining - I could watch Ryan and Will banter all day. Background dancers were amazing and the singing from the leads was decent, particularly Octavia and Ryan. Will struggled with the singing the most and had the most solos but it was easy to give him a pass because he embraces his character so well. The singing is still less annoying than the live singing in Cats. This doesn't have the memorable music of The Greatest Showman but the first big number will stick in your head. Definitely a feel good Christmas movie with an original take on the classic story.

Music C+Dancing A+Sets A+Story B+