A Christmas Carol is a British fantasy miniseries based on the 1843 novella of the same name by Charles Dickens. The three-part series is written by Steven Knight with actor Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott among the executive producers.

The Hollywood Reporter described the miniseries as “designed to alienate the Dickens brand’s traditional core audience and probably won’t much engage the curiosity of more mature viewers.” Salon called it a “dispiriting adaptation” and called it “short on joy and very, very, very long on purgatorial slogging.” Collider gave it two stars and acknowledged that the miniseries “certainly brings something new to the tried-and-true story” but found the ending “misses out on the meaning of the story and the greater meaning of the Christmas season.” Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com also gave it two stars and described viewing it as “approximately three joyless hours of watching an adaptation try to justify its edginess.”

I have no issues with some sort of updated version of this great story from Charles Dickens, since I do love the original and I have seen most versions of it. However, the problem here is that this miniseries is just bleak and dark and misses out on the main point when Ebenezer Scrooge redeems and transforms into a person who treats everyone with kindness, generosity and compassion, thus embodying the spirit of Christmas. In this version everything is one long dragged out dark journey that spends way too little time with the essence of the tale in the end. And I personally think that Guy Pearce is not that right choice to play Ebenezer Scrooge, no matter how much I normally like him and his acting. But, I do need to say that I really like this miniseries cinematography, editing, effects and general vibe. But, it´s still a bit of a hit and miss.

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