Review and Analysis of George C. Scott's Christmas Carol (1984)

Essay by NoTTiNzZzHigh School, 11th gradeA+, February 2005

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George C. Scott's Christmas Carol (1984) is a renowned and notable rendition of Charles Dickens's timeless classic, Christmas Carol. It tells a tale of a miserable and lonely man by the name of Ebenezer Scrooge. One Christmas night, cold-hearted Scrooge, who lacked the spirit of Christmas, is visited by three ghosts - the Ghost of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, respectively. The ghost of Christmas Past reminded Scrooge of his solitary childhood life with a neglectful father, played by Nigel Davenport, and his childhood love, Belle, played by Lucy Gitteridge. The ghost of Christmas Present, revealed to him the present lives of the unfortunate, and the current lives of Bob Cratchit, played by David Warner, and Fred Holywell, played by Roger Rees. Finally the ghost of Christmas Yet to Come predicted Scrooge inevitable death, if he did not mend his ways. In this horrid future, nobody was sympathetic to Scrooge's death.

Together, the ghosts championed the spirit of Christmas and unraveled to him the errors of his ways and the joys of life, Christmas, and happiness.

Instead of portraying Scrooge as a typical old man with a mean streak, George C. Scott plays an incredible Ebenezer Scrooge in this movie. He portrays the old man as emotionless and worn down from a lifetime of being ignored and left behind. Due to his believable and lifelike performance of Scrooge, the viewer sees a complex human being and he/she understands how and why Scrooge is the way he is. The viewer actually experiences a rollercoaster ride of emotions. At times, he/she hates Scrooge for his horrible treatment of the poor, his co-worker, and his family. The scene where Scrooge sees Tiny Tim waiting for his father, Bob Cratchit, proves this point. The facial expression...