Jim Carrey will always be the lone white guy from In Living Color who was hilarious in Ace Ventura ( the FIRST one) and brilliant in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. As Ebenezer Scrooge, Jim Carrey was Jim Carrey in animation form.
The Boy’s class went to see Disney’s A Christmas Carol for their field trip. Because he goes to Parochial School the idea of a movie filled with spectors wasn’t daunting. Having watched Mickey Mouse’s version, a live play with George C Scott, and countless others, I expected a timeless classic to be updated and fresh. Alas, it wasn’t.
We didn’t see the 3D version because the lower grades accompanied us, and perhaps that would have kept me from squirming in my seat. But A Christmas Carol is kinda dry. Disney of course led with some crotch hits for easy laughs, and eye popping cinematography. Jim Carrey of course was Jim Carrey.
Ways in which I would update this classic tale:
1. Explore the abusive relationship between Scrooge and Bob Crachett. There were no other places for Cratchett to work? Scrooge kept it freezing in the office and I’m sure that in today’s EOC workplace, that itself was illegal.
2. The Ghost of Christmas Past. I’m quite sure this ghost (played as lispy fey by Carrey) would turn his nose at the poverty Scrooge lived in. My ghost would be sassy, turning HER nose at the squalor. She would have even had some snarky comments to make about Scrooge’s past and arm chair psychoanalyzed his current state with his life thus far.
3. The Ghost of Christmas Present would definitely be a stoner. Carrey played him as a fat hippie. My GoCP would have been a locced stoner who absentmindly called out “Dude!” and “Yo’s” when Scrooge watched his life.
4. My Ghost of Christmas Future would be played by Jenifer Lewis or my new favorite, Jane Lynch b I can see either one no nonsensely telling Scrooge to get his “Ish together” and act like he had some “Damn sense”. This is the ghost who shows Scrooge where life will lead his simple self if he doesn’t get with the program and act like he has a heart.
Watching the movie I thought about my constant struggle with Christianity. In the movie, the teachings of Jesus Christ is prevalent: repent of sinful ways and gain forgiveness. That’s Scrooge. A ‘spirit’ visits him and walks him through repentance then guides him to new self. Okay, maybe I’m stretching.
Anyway, I WILL borrow a copy from the library and join in the rest of the world who now has Christmas beginning the day after Halloween.