William Smart
Jon Deak
William Mortensen Vaughan
As of:  7:50 a.m. E.S.T., Friday, March 22, 2019

Title:  The Passion of Scrooge (2018)

My Rating:  **

Dove Foundation Rating:  [NOT RATED]

M.P.A.A. Rating:  [NOT RATED]

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  [NOT RATED]

Adaptation:  starring William Smart as himself, Scrooge et al, and Jon Deak as himself, the Composer

Date Released:  Saturday, December 8, 2018

Format Reviewed:  BluRay

Is this adaptation reverent?:  Yes.

Does it include the phrase, "God bless us..."?  Yes.

What does my wife think of it?  She would give it one of five Stars. She likes hearing various musical instruments, but is not a fan of sprechstimme or sprechspiele.

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens?

This adaptation is a modern, musical adaptation. A lot of the original characters and events are portrayed, but there are some changes. For example, the Ghost of Christmas Present states that he has 2,017 brothers.

What dialect is used?  English.

When and where does this adaptation take place?  This adaptation takes places in a large city (perhaps Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.) in the U.S., in 2017.

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel?  No.

Is this adaptation supernatural?  Yes, this adaptation is supernatural, as is the original.

Is this adaptation "framed"?

Yes. The Composer is shown in various locations, thinking about composing this opera. Towards the end, he is seen, in a cemetery, with the star, who asks him to let him star in the production.

What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included?

The entire product is an original opera composed by Jon Deak.

How attractive is the visual art?

The set and wardrobe for this film are barely adequate. About a dozen musicians, dressed in various stages of predominantly black, formal attire, perform this opera before a disappearing, live audience, in a church with the benches removed.

Some scenes are on gritty streets and in subway tunnels with uncouth passers-by.

How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another?

Video effects include black and white images from an earlier adaptation imposed translucently over the modern footage. Most of the transitions are accomplished via the starring Baritone's monologue. Conversation between the Composer and the Star is added to their scenes together, making them seem telepathic.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation?

The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, that it's an opera, in which more emphasis is placed on the work of the musicians than on the story itself. Most of the heavy "brush strokes" are visible, leaving the audience to fill in most of the non-musical aspects of the story with their own imaginations.

What extras are included on the BluRay?  

The BluRay includes Chapter Selection; a Behind-the-Scene Documentary; optional subtitles, in English; a copy of the black and white, 1935 adaptation, starring Seymour hicks; and a code to unlock this title in a VIP Library on Vimeo.

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