3 Stars Out Of 5
Rated G, should be PG, has pros and cons
November 26, 2015
On the negative side, the film has some mild bad language (two instances, one in a song and not easily heard) and a sequence that was not in the original dickens story: scrooge is cast into his own grave and descends to a comic satire of "Hell". he is met by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, and shown his fate of being subjected to slaving personal secretary of Lucifer (not shown in the sequence), much the same way as he had oppressed Bob Cratchit. the producers make the Marley character somewhat a comical satire throughout. the problem with the sequence of "Hell" is that this, as have many other expressions of "Hell" in modern media, do not express the Biblical reality of eternal separation from our Creator. this is no laughing matter.
the original 'a Christmas Carol' story is an encouragement to turn from ignoring the poor and love all people, and dickens seemed to purposely avoid theology. the makers of Scrooge interpose on that realm, making a mild mockery of it, as is the custom in recent decades. Biblical reality is none the less true and we would be best to present it as it is or not at all.
that said, the production, directing, acting, musical score , dance choreography, and production design (you feel like you're there in 1860 England) are all excellent and show the genius of Leslie Bricusse, who wrote music for the original Willy Wonka film, as well. had the bad language and "Hell" sequence been left out, this would have been one of the best productions in recent memory for family viewing. as it is, it is very entertaining, but is not for children and adults need the above precautions. may you all have a blessed Holiday Season and i wish you all much wisdom from the Lord in film choices for your family viewing. : )