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|Originaltitel:||The Man who invented Christmas|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 104 Min|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
With works like "Oliver Twist" Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) made it to fame, prestige and wealth. Unfortunately, his last books were no longer very successful, so it is becoming increasingly difficult to offer his growing family the good standard of living they are accustomed to. We need a new book. A book that will thrill the masses. Dickens has an idea: How about a Christmas book? Too bad he only has a few weeks to get the book to the stores in time. And he still lacks a fitting story…
"Charles Dickens: The Man who Invented Christmas" is a mixture of biopic and reinterpretation. Actually, the film only tells a variation of the "Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens - only with Dickens himself as the main character. It is a nice idea to blur the boundaries between reality and fiction in order to trace the creation of one of the most beautiful Christmas stories. With Dan Stevens a leading actor was found who embodies the fine line between genius and madness very well. And Christopher Plummer is as great a scrooge as ever.
But unfortunately it stops there already with the positive aspects. The movie seems more like a not really expensive TV production, which can never really show its potential. The whole thing is neither really funny, nor really exciting. Neither really opulent, nor rousingly staged. Not really bad, but not really good either. The actors are trying hard, here and there the whole thing is also quite fun. But the bottom line is a strange emptiness that is spreading instead of the hoped-for Christmas spirit.
This may be because the film is at times too hysterical and too darkly staged. Director Bharat Nalluri skilfully avoided giving the audience a great deal of pleasure - quite different from what Dickens had in mind. Then you'd better go back to the "Muppets Christmas Story" with Michael Caine as Scrooge. At least it's fun and leaves behind a festive atmosphere that you won't find here. That's why there's only one here: Worth seeing with clear cutbacks!
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