“A Christmas Carol” is a fantasy time travel novel by Charles Dickens. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly and cranky man who goes on separate journeys with the spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come with the aid of his departed business partner, Jacob Marley. It ends with Scrooge experiencing redemption and becoming full of the happy holiday spirit.
There are countless movie adaptations of this beloved story. Thankfully, there are several that give justice to Dickens’ classic tale.
Best Film Adaptations of “A Christmas Carol”
1. The classics
Collider lists some of the first classic adaptations as the best. These include the 1938 and 1951 versions of “A Christmas Carol”, and 1935’s “Scrooge”. In all of these films, the screenplay focuses on certain elements that make the story more fascinating. There’s Alastair Sim’s dynamic performance as Scrooge in the 1951 film, the rich story and strong supporting cast of the 1938 film, and the social relevance of the 1935 version.
2. The ones for kids
One of the most notable and heartwarming versions is “The Muppet Christmas Carol”, which stars Michael Caine, Kermit the Frog, and Miss Piggy. Jim Henson’s Muppets keep the mood light with their trademark humor and positivity. “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” is another adaptation that we recommend, because it’s just so happy and entertaining to watch! For older kids, we recommend “Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol.”
3. The reimagined versions
Later adaptations of the novel by Hollywood were interesting reimaginings of the original story. One of them is “Scrooged”. The movie stars Bill Murray as Frank Cross, a TV executive bent on winning the ratings game with his network’s Christmas special. Suddenly he finds himself encountering the three Christmas spirits. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to revisit the consumerism and television craze of the 1980s.
If you’re into something more relevant and meaningful, look for Ms. Scrooge, starring Cicely Tyson. The movie is admirable in its effort of tackling race and gender issues a couple of decades before they became vogue on social media.