It's Christmas, Carol!: Review by William Mortensen Vaughan
As of: 11:15 a.m. E.S.T., Monday, April 10, 2017


Title:  It's Christmas, Carol!

My Rating:  ****

Adaptation: Starring Emmanuelle Vaugier as "the Scrooge," Carol Huffler, and

Carrie Fisher as the ghosts

Date Released: Sunday, November 18, 201

Format Reviewed: live-action, television special, on DVD

Is this adaptation reverent?: Yes, this adaptation is somewhat reverent, deferring to "the spiritual powers that keep things in balance."

Does it include the phrase, "God bless us..."? No, but it includes the greetings "Merry Christmas!" and "Happy Hannukah!"

What does my wife think of it? She likes it!

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens? This adaptation recreates the general story line of the novel, with different characters (Carol Huffler, instead of Ebenezer Scrooge, for example, and Eve Miller in lieu of all the ghosts).

What dialect is used? Plain English.

When and where does this adaptation take place? This adaptation takes place in Chicago, between 1985 and 2010, more or less.

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel? No.

Is this adaptation supernatural? Yes, this adaptation is supernatural, featuring a ghost and time travel.

Is this adaptation "framed"? No.

What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included? Three songs are included as background music at crucial points in the film:

"The One for Me" by Paper Moon

"I Am Mine Remix" by Brooke Waggoner

"Merry Christmas" by Bryan Adams

How attractive is the visual art? The set, wardrobe, architecture, and art are good.

How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another? The transitions are excellent, as Carol runs from one place and time to others, almost seamlessly. Some of the transitions are humorous, too. My favorites are the ones where Carol tries to leave her first apartment, and Eve keeps greeting her as she comes back through either the closet or the front door.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation? The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, seeing Carrie Fisher look so old. It is also notable that, in this adaptation, Eve, who is the ghost of a former acquaintance, is not the ghost of a greedy person being punished for their greed and lack of concern for others, but the ghost of an acquaintance who did the right things during her life, and is, even from beyond the grave, still trying to help others.
What extras are included on the DVD? This DVD includes another Christmas movie:  The Wishing Tree.

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