December 9, 2015

A Christmas Carol [1951]

I'm watching a wretched colorized Scrooge from 1951, and it couldn't be more different in heart, soul, and tone than the 1938 version. Where the '38 Carol is brisk and lively, the '51 Carol is ponderous, cold, and lethargic. Alastair Sim is a hideous, bug-eyed Scrooge who never seems to have any enthusiasm for his bitterness and hate.
Marley's Ghost is especially scary this time around, although the "ghost" special effects have not progressed in 13 years.
I didn't make past the Ghost of Christmas Past; I've fast-forwarded to Christmas morning to be done with it already. Scrooge is hyperventilating, he sounds completely bonkers.