I was sat here contemplating what to post as the last Cult Film Friday blog before Christmas. I decided to crack open a bottle of ale, to see if it would help inspire me. And BOOM!!! There it was, staring me in the face all the time. So today's Cult Film Friday post, is a look at some of my favourite adaptations of A Christmas Carol.
There have dozens of adaptations over the years of the story, but there are some that stand-out for me personally. Either because they are childhood memories associated with the festive season, or just because they are good versions. Here they are in chronological order.
Scrooge (1951): Retitled A Christmas Carol in the USA. Of the black and white versions of the story, this is the stand-out one by a mile. And to be fair one of the best overall. Starring Alastair Sim as
Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983): Now I'm not a fan of Disney, in fact I pretty much hate most of the over-hyped dross Disney have churned out over the years. But I must admit to loving their fun adaptation of this story. Another short, and Mickey's first appearance in around 30 years, it also won an Oscar in 1983.
Scrooged (1988): Everyone loves Bill Murray's version of Scrooge. Never met anyone that doesn't watch it when it appears of TV every single year. Murray was perfectly cast as the acerbic TV executive who gets his comeuppance from a series of ingeniously adapted modern ghosts.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992): And finally... A kids favourite. Michael Caine gives a memorable performance as Scrooge, and manages to stand-out among all the Muppets comic antics. The movie has a some great musical moments too. In many ways this version captures all the best elements of the all the others on my list, to create a genuine funny and heart-warming Christmas feast of a movie.