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The Man Who Invented Christmas
DIRECTOR Bharat Nalluri
CAST Dan Stevens, Jonathan Pryce, Christopher Plummer, Miriam Margolyes
A film about how Charles Dickens conjured the story of A Christmas Carol, mixing inspiration from real life with gloriously imagined characters.
Everyone knows the plot of A Christmas Carol but this film explores how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) overcame writer’s block to write the story which remains part of our festive celebrations. Dickens mixes inspiration from his real life with characters conjured up by his vivid imagination, such as the inimitable Ebeneezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer). Director Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Spooks: The Greater Good) brings us a charming Christmas tale.
(2017 Ireland / Canada 104 mins)
Then there are the terrific lead performances. Stevens conveys Dickens’ complex, self-absorbed personality with an enjoyably light touch; Plummer is such a sly, comic delight as Scrooge that it makes you wish he were given the opportunity to play the role in full; and Pryce makes the proud father thoroughly endearing. The supporting players include a gallery of veteran English actors, including Simon Callow (who has made playing and writing about Dickens a career specialty) as a grumpy illustrator. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
BBFC advice: Contains mild bad language and brief scary scenes
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