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The Man Who Invented Christmas

Bleecker Street Media, Mazur / Kaplan Company, The Mob Film Company, Parallel Films and Rhombus Media present a PG, 104 minute, Biography, Comedy, Drama, directed by Bharat Nalluri, written by Susan Coyne and book by Les Standiford with a theatre release date of November 22, 2017.


In 1842, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) is in New York City enjoying the success of his book tour. Good things don’t always last forever though. Sixteen months and three flops later Charles is in his hometown of London with his dear friend John Forster (Justin Edwards) meeting with his publishers in hopes of obtaining some money. Already with four children and now his wife Kate (Morfydd Clark) is pregnant with another, Charles is worried that he may not be able to pay for his new home, the remodeling, his servants and his family needs. The publishers, Chapman (Ian McNeice) and Mr. Grimsby (Bill Paterson) were none too thrilled with Charles’s latest idea for a book so Charles decides to publish it himself.

Charles and John Forster make a visit for yet another loan in hopes of finishing his book, finding an illustrator of which he did, Mr. Leech (Simon Callow) and getting it into the book stores in six weeks, just in time for Christmas. It seems the publishers thought a Christmas book would yet be another flop but Charles who created the characters for “A Christmas Carol” A Ghost Story about Christmas within his head from his actual surroundings knew this could be one of his best books. One might think Charles was insane talking to characters within the walls of his office that were not really there. Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) was his biggest inspiration of a rich man that cared about nothing else but himself, not even a sick crippled boy, Tiny Tim.

Interruptions throughout the day and the fact that his mother (Ger Ryan) and his father John (Jonathan Pryce) have decided to drop in for a lengthy visit Charles began to have flashbacks to his childhood days of a careless father. This as well as other factors were creating doubt that Charles would finish the book. It was the ending of the book that really gave him trouble but eventually through some inspirational moments, help from his nanny and of course Scrooge, Charles was able to end the book in a true Christmas and delightful way. No one is useless in the world who lightens the load of another and the fact that Scrooge did not want to die before doing some good were some reasons for the ending of such a classic. Ghosts of the past, present and future all play a part with his family, insane imagination, reality and his own discovery all led up to his book making the shelves on December 19, 1843 leading it to become one of the best sellers of all time. Don’t those publishers feel stupid now! Mittens the cat, a raven and some rats all play a small part in the film that is worth a ticket at the box office.

Beautifully directed, written and scored this film is a great biography to watch about Charles Dickens. Sadly for many once you say Biography it seems many especially the younger generation think boring! I absolutely enjoyed 90% of this film with the other 10 maybe falling a little short and uneventful. Overall though it is wonderful to watch on the big screen this story based on truth of how a beloved classic came to be. Some wonderful characters and dialogue only make this film more worthy of seeing. Stevens does a nice job as Dickens but it is Plummer as Scrooge that steals his moments on the big screen. Pryce also has some great camera time as does Clark but it is the whole cast working together that brings the mind of a great writer out of the book and on to the big screen for all to enjoy and appreciate. God Bless Us Everyone.

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