I’m excited for the upcoming remake of A Christmas Carol, the timeless tale of an old man who gets dementia ODs on some Amy Winehouse-esque pill concoction is visited by three ghosts who tell him to stop being an a-hole to everyone. I remember seeing it at Radio City Music Hall when I was a wee lad and enjoying it thoroughly, but coming away with one bit of constructive criticism–it needed way more Ace Ventura. And whaddaya know? Disney went and got Jim Carrey, star of such recent cinematic landmarks as The Number 23 and Yes Man, to help them milk the holiday teat. Alllllllllllllrightythen.
But you know what? The new imagining of A Christmas Carol looks fun. Jim Carrey is like Eddie Murphy, in that he does multiple personalities in a single movie, but not like Eddie Murphy, in that he can do them all well (also, he never made a song as awesome as “Party All The Time”–hand clap!). And that’s why A Christmas Carol is such a perfect fit for him–he can indulge in schizophrenia and quirky voices, but we don’t have to see his annoying mannerisms. Instead of those, we get high-quality computer animation in 3D.
A Christmas Carol comes a-singing on Nov. 6, which is kinda early but whatever. I guess because James Cameron’s OH MY GOD SO F**KING EPIC ITS BLOWING MY MIND oh wait that’s all I think I’ll turn off the caps lock when Avatar comes out in December. What an idiot–nobody schedules something big around Jesus’ birthday. Uncool man, just uncool. That would be like me dropping an “NBN” on his bday of August 16, which just so happens to fall on a Thursday in 2012. Happy early birthday, James!