In a fit of seasonal goodwill I decided to sit with the children and watch this. Boy am I glad that I did. The Muppet Christmas Carol is outstanding in every way from its slightly offbeat yet traditional Victorian England to its excellently timed and placed music. The idea of using Gonzo as Charles Dickens himself narrating his own story and Rizzos self aware dig that reveals what nonsense this portrayal is makes the whole conceit magical.
The lynchpin of the whole story however is Michael Caine as Scrooge. His brilliantly studied descent from a heartless man to a man destroyed by images of his future and lost dreams from his past is truly heart wrenching (as three crying children will contest) and even the trickiest point of the story is fantastically covered with Gonzo telling the audience “Tiny Tim who DOESNT die”
For a fantastical film consisting almost entirely of puppet character to be one of the best adaptations of this classic novel is bizarre, but truly is the case.
This is a fantastic movie that should never be overlooked.
Paul Out… God bless us, every one.
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