A Christmas Carol (2009)

Hello, my darling readers!
After watching the Christmas Carol version of The Muppets, I was so excited about the story, that I wanted to give this adaptation a shot as well. Let’s see how Jim Carrey holds up as Scrooge!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Though London awaits the joyful arrival of Christmas, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) thinks it’s all humbug, berating his faithful clerk and cheerful nephew for their view. Later, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his late business partner, who warns that three spirits will visit him this night. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness.

The Rating:

Well, I don’t know what this was but it was definitely not it.
Sure, the film hat it’s moments, but overall it’s a take on Charles Dickens’ story that I wouldn’t watch again.

While I certainly appreciate the amount of work that must have gone into this motion-capture thing, it just didn’t hit the right spot for me. It’s a weird amalgam of crazy images and often features over the top scenes. Honestly, the laugh of the one ghost will haunt my nightmares.

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TV Show vs. Movie: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Hey Guys!
It’s time for another post on A Series of Unfortunate Events. This time I want to shed some light on both the TV show and the movie. Which one is better?

 

The Plot:
A Series of Unfortunate Events follows Violet, Klaus and Sunny Beaudelair. After a fire destroyed their home and killed their parents, they struggle with their new guardians. The first new care-taker they get is Count Olaf who is only after their money. However, each time the Beaudelair children seem to get rid of him, some new peril awaits them…
There are 13 books in total, and Netflix dedicated 2 episodes to each book. So the first season consists of 8 episodes and deals with the first four books. As that would be far too much for just one movie, only the first three books were adapted in the film.

 

TV Show vs. Movie:
I was hooked from the first episode on. In this TV show everything plays together perfectly. The casting is amazing, although I had my doubts about some of the actors, I ended up more than delighted. So far they keep very close to the novels, thus really making the story come alive. Furthermore, Lemony Snicket is very present in the TV show in his function as narrator. He is part of every episodes and makes several comments. This may sound a bit weird, as it’s not the usual thing to do, but believe me, it works out wonderfully. Another point I love about the show is the music. The title song for each episode is a little different and especially the song in the last episode was marvellous.

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Book vs. Movie: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Hey guys!
As I’m currently making my way through all the books in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, you can prepare for some more exciting posts on the subject! Today I want to shed some light on the 2004 movie adaptation, which covers the first three novels!

 

The Plot:
A Series of Unfortunate Events follows Violet, Klaus and Sunny Beaudelair. After a fire destroyed their home and killed their parents, they struggle with their new guardians. The first new care-taker they get is Count Olaf who is only after their money. However, each time the Beaudelair children seem to get rid of him, some new peril awaits them…

 

Book vs. Movie:
So, in this case it’s not only one novel I will talk about but three. The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room and The Wide Window are the first three installments in Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate events. Putting the entire series (13 books) into one film is quite impossible, so it was definitely a good idea to change it up a bit. Continue reading

One Week of Christmas: The 7 Best Movies for the Holidays Part 6

Today’s movie is a real must-see for the holiday season. I am talking about How the Grinch stole Christmas with Jim Carrey and Taylor Momsen. By now I’ve seen this film so often I already know half of the words.

The Plot:

The Grinch is green, fluffy, very mean and – most important –¬† Christmas hating creature who lives on a mountain at the outskirts of Whoville. As he has a huge problem with the holiday season and he isn’t too fond of people in general he decides to steal Christmas. He comes to town, dressed as Santa Clause he breaks into the houses and steals all of the gifts as well as the entire decoration. Continue reading