Advent Calendar 2017! - Day 20


Version: It's Christmas, Carol! (2012, dir. Michael Scott)

Speaking of Hallmark, here's an modern day all-female reboot of A Christmas Carol. And Carrie Fisher plays Marley. That's literally the only reason I've included it in my analysis. I sure as shit didn't include it because I liked the urchin scene it offered.

This version of the Scrooge/urchin dialogue doesn't exist. Instead, Scrooge wakes up and asks the receptionist on the phone what day it is. She then wishes them a Merry Christmas (followed by a Happy Hanukkah when she realises they're Jewish). That's it. Rather than being a good old shot-reverse-shot, we just get one shot here and it's pretty flat and lifeless soap opera framing. We do see a window in the background of the shot, which she does open, but we have no clear indication of how high up it is, forcing me to give it an average score. At least we know it's not on the ground floor because she goes down some stairs in the next scene. A bland, empty, disappointing version of the urchin scene.

In other news, PLEASE watch this film. There's a bit where she ends up in 1985, which is identified as such by a cinema across the street playing Back to the Future and the presence of some people dancing to synth-heavy disco music. "This can't be happening!" is a direct quote from this scene.

Framing 6 out of 10.
Scrooge's Reaction To The Date 5 out of 10.
Urchin Accent 0 out of 10.
Window Height 5 out of 10.
Scrooge Nightgown Quality 6 out of 10.
Urchin Cap Quality 0 out of 10.
Final Score 3.7 out of 10. Terrible. Awful. Was it really too much to ask for a modern day all-female remake of the urchin scene, too?