• Elise Paris

The Best of Christmas: Day 23

Hello,

Welcome back to my second to last post on The Best of Christmas 2018. It feels like we got here in the blink of an eye, and since that means Christmas is tomorrow, I'm okay with it.


Behind today’s door we have The Muppet’s Christmas Carol.

I can’t withhold my sincere fondness for this movie. It was my first encounter with the Charles Dickens tale, and what a whimsical telling it is. I hold this film very close to my heart as it’s a annual family tradition in my house to watch it together and sing along. The soundtrack is not only fun and very festive, but I think the lyrics are so profound. One of my favourite lyrics is "If you want to know the measure of a man, you simply count his friends." and to be honest the entirety of 'Thankful Heart'. What’s great about this adaption is that even if you’re very familiar with the original, you can still enjoy the way the muppets play on the characters, such as Statler and Waldorf being used as the Marley brothers, and the little tweaks they make in the plot. Rizzo and Gonzo are utterly charming and really help to pace the story without leaving the audience confused. Michael Caine is obviously brilliant. He makes Ebenezer Scrooge very mean-spirited in a believable and less batshit crazy kinda way than others have done so before. Plus, his acting is awesome considering the majority of the cast are muppets. That being said, I think the most magical part of The Muppet Christmas Carol is that every scene is a full on production, only made possible by the huge number of creative collaborators. During the finale when Scrooge sings ‘Thankful Heart' on his way to Bob Cratchit’s house, there’s literally only one actual person on screen, and yet it feels so full of life that our TV can barely contain it.


This film displays an obvious admiration for Charles Dickens and tells his classic tale in a perfect combination of sadness, laughter, friendship and a whimsical feeling that fills you with joy at Christmas time.


Thank you for reading once again,

Please do come back tomorrow to see what hides behind the final door.


Elise.

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