The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Review
My followers have spoken and the Christmas film you would like me to review is ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’ and I couldn’t be happier that this film won, there were some other excellent options but this clearly took the lead. I love the classic story of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and I also love ‘The Muppets’ so combining the two makes a classic Christmas film for all the family. As for the casting you couldn’t have picked any better than Michael Caine (my cocaine) as the grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge, picking him was great because he brings seriousness to the main character whilst crazy puppets dance around him, not sure many could do this. The original story remains the same whilst the Muppets spin and side jokes add a lighter take on this tale, but also without taking away from Scrooges journey of Christmas enlightenment. This films music is its main selling point to me and I can’t think of any other Muppets films that beat it in terms of musical charm and quality. So please enjoy the review have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Brian Henson, the son of Muppet founder Jim Henson, took over directing duties after the untimely death of his father for The Muppet Christmas Carol, a sluggish re-telling of the Charles Dickens tale. Michael Caine, surrounded by legions of fuzzy, felt puppets, plays it straight as the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who could care less about Christmas and the joy the season brings. Working for the skinflint is his faithful employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog), who begs Scrooge for a day off for Christmas. Scrooge reluctantly agrees and goes home on Christmas Eve filled with bile at the holiday merrymakers. But then he is visited by the sprits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and Scrooge, after revisiting his sorrowful past, hate-filled present, and doomed future, turns over a new leaf and becomes the most generous and celebratory person in town.
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Story: 85% Acting: 80% Visuals: 70% Dialogue: 90%
The Laughs: 80% Style/Sound: 100% Characters: 95%
To start off let’s talk about the acting. The acting is great and you also get to see some excellent British actors who really look young in this film now. The main Ebenezer Scrooge played by the excellent Michael Caine is a fantastic scrooge and one of my favourite interpretations of the character, he plays a man in charge who clearly has no limits to his cruelty and a lack caring, to me the character is like most of the descriptions in the original story so well done Caine for that. As for the rest of the cast there aren’t really many in it for very long and so I will go onto another category. The songs and sounds of the film, the best of the film were the songs and music, loved it from start till end and will feature my favourite at the end.
The Visuals are good for a comedy with puppets like this and even if most of it looks naffe as you’d expect, who the hell cares it’s the Muppets, and who doesn’t love those silly little guys? The scene with the ghost of Christmas future actually scared me a little, the way he appears out of the fog and in that dark cloak never uttering a word but only pointing with bony fingers. A little older I appreciate the imagery more and think it is a fantastic portrayal of the future ghost, on a similar note I really liked the other ghosts as well and the ghost of Christmas present delivers one of my favourite songs in the film. Please enjoy the trailer and see you after boxing day.
It’s Christmas! You Watch Trailer!
The best reviews I have found would be these “Like all the Muppet movies, this one is a musical, with original songs by Paul Williams (my favorite is the early chain-rattling duet by the Marley brothers). It could have done with a few more songs than it has.” Roger Ebert. Love this one because it mentions the Marley brothers a family favourite of ours. Also “Not, maybe, the most rigorous of Christmas Carol adaptations, although it is a lot more faithful than one would perhaps have expected… at any rate a great Muppet film.” Tim Brayton. The reviewers name is Tim and he agrees with me, need I say more? My favourite scene would have to be when Scrooge tells his workers that they would be without a job if they don’t stop complaining about the lack of coal, and then they start playing ‘This is my island in the sun’ gets me every time.