Movie Review: The Man Who Invented Christmas

November 20, 2017
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The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol.  It stars screen legend Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music, A Beautiful Mind) and fan-favorite Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast, Downton Abbey).

October 1843. Charles Dickens was broke and distressed. Despite early success, his last three books had failed. Rejected by his publishers, he set out to write and self-publish a book he hoped would keep his family afloat. This is the story of the six fever-pitched weeks in which Dickens created A Christmas Carol, the masterpiece that changed the holiday into the merry family event we know today.

(source: Bleeker Street Media)

Ebenezer Scrooge, The Ghost of Christmas Past, Tiny Tim, all characters we know and love from Charles Dickens’ beloved story, The Christmas Carol. The new film, The Man Who Invented Christmas rekindles the tale that Dickens created by bringing the backstory and the characters of the story to life.

In a time when Christmas was not celebrated by many, it seemed absurd to the people in Charles Dickens’ world that his new book would be a Christmas story. Even more absurd that Dickens expected this to be the book that would put him back on top after numerous literary flops.

Nevertheless, Dickens trusted his instinct and set out to publish the book he knew would be a hit. The people around Charles Dickens became the framework for the characters that he would bring to life in his story. The things happening around him and details from his past would create the plot and bring the book to a relatable place for all its readers.

In one particular scene, we see Dickens wrestling over the name of his main character. A maid enters his study to tend to the fire and asks what all the silly names are that he is saying. Dickens replies “Get the name right and the character will appear.” And appear he does. Scrooge comes to life in the mind of Charles Dickens after being given a name and becomes an integral part of  The Christmas Carol coming to life as well.

The theme of this movie holds true to the theme of The Christmas Carol. The story in both the film and the book remind us that no one is too far gone to make a change in their life for the better. In the film, as Dickens struggles to come to terms with his past, Scrooge struggles to face his fears in the story. As Dickens writes the ending of his book, he remembers something his father told him as a young boy, “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

The film is filled with hope from beginning to end but also has its fair share of real-life hardships and fears thrown in along the way. The Man Who Invented Christmas is an enjoyable film, relatable to people of all ages. It is sure to be a film enjoyed by many this holiday season and for years to come, just like The Christmas Carol itself.

The Man Who Invented Christmas releases in theaters Wednesday, November 22, 2017. It is a film you will not want to miss. You can find tickets and other information on the film’s website.

“Christmas is or ought to be the one time of year when men and women open their shut up hearts and think of the people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures altogether.” ~The Man Who Invented Christmas


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Tori Ten Hagen is married to her amazing husband, Austin, and together they have a busy, energetic little boy. She is a stay-at-home mom passionate about encouraging other moms on their own parenting journeys. When she isn't busy keeping up with her toddler, you can find her sipping on coffee, reading a book, or curled up watching a good movie. Tori also writes on her personal blog and you can find more of her writing at www.ttenhagen.wordpress.com

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