The Man Who Invented Christmas DVD Reviewed By Jarred Tito

The Premise
The Man Who Invented Christmas tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from "A Christmas Carol." Directed by Bharat Nalluri (MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

The Review
If there was ever a story that lifted the spirits, ‘A Christmas Carol’, is surely one such story that did so for the many multitudes of people over many years and, ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ is an uplifting tale of how that story came about. In the same way that Johnny Depp’s, ‘Finding Neverland’ depicted the effort behind the famous children’s tale, Peter Pan, this film does so for Charles Dicken’s timeless Christmas Carol. [And in my humble opinion, Nalluri (director) has created a more satisfying film that Finding Neverland.] It could also be compared to ‘Shakespeare In Love’ but for kids/families. I would venture to say that the quality is definitely more like the second (no offence Johnny).

Dan Stevens is perfect in the role of Charles Dickens. He is both charming and comical. He often reminded me of a young Eric Idle, from Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Christopher Plumber seems to have not aged at all since I last saw him in a film several years ago. In fact, he seems to look a little younger than I remembered. Plumber plays the angry boss who becomes the inspiration behind the Scrooge character. It must be fun for Plumber playing these types of classic roles. He is like one of those actors that can be compared to a fine wine, ‘he gets better and better with age.

The film itself is very magical by nature. Lots of scenes are mixtures of reality and the fantasies out of Dickens’s mind. Of course, the makers of this film are also responsible for the 3D remake of the classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ which featured Jim Carrey as Scrooge, so you can see some cross over production and set values from that film. It’s quite fitting that the same people who made that film should go on to produce this one. If you did see Jim Carrey as Scrooge, then you’ll know to expect similar filmic and cinema values. These people know how to create cinematic dreams.

Bharat Nalluri, the director, is certainly on the mark with this one which is a relief. Too often are these types of ‘biographies’ are handled with the wrong gloves and end up being ‘fizzers’. Not the case here. It’s bright and comical, mysterious and charming. It was nice to drift away with the fun of the whole language and imaginative experience.

The Verdict
Well worth seeing this one. If you are a Charles Dickens fan and enjoy a good tale, then make sure to include this one for your viewing treats. Great one to bring the family along to as well. I think most audiences will find something to like about it.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 28th March 2018
Rating: PG – Contains adult themes
Duration: 104 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Eddie Jackson, Neil Slevin, Paul Kealyn
Director: Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day)

The Extras

Some of the cast has previously been on tv series Doctor Who.