THE BOOK. I was able to finally finish reading it earlier today, and happy that I did. I think it was one of the few classic tales I got to read completely. I once tried reading Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms and For Whom The Bell Tolls, way way back, but didn’t really find the time to finish both. That’s why a smile painted my face right away upon finishing this Charles Dickens classic.
About a month ago, when I learned that Disney will release a movie adaptation for the novel, with Jim Carrey playing Ebenezer Scrooge and Robert Zemeckis directing it, I rummaged through our old book shelf and told myself that I’ve got to find our copy of that book before watching the movie. So there I was one Saturday evening, dusting through the book shelf, praying that I’d be able to find that book I am sure I’ve seen somewhere inside our house. Right after few minutes, there it was, its pages almost yellow, and seemed like I heard it summoned me to turn the pages immediately. First thing I noticed was the date: September 10, 1974. Yes, that explains the almost yellow pages. It is a 2 in 1 book, for it also includes one other work of Dickens, The Chimes (which I have yet to read). If my memory serves me right, my uncle bought it abroad and gave it to me and my brother some 10 years ago.
So, did I like the book? I have to say, yes! Aside from the fact I mentioned earlier that it was one of the few classic tales I got to read completely, there is really something haunting about the novel. In a good sense, that is. Probably because of it’s classic state, to put it simply. It was well-written, easy to understand, and won’t bore you. The characters were unforgettable and you’d really get drawn to them. I especially loved the Crachit’s. They’re just so lovable. And the story? It wouldn’t be a classic if the story wasn’t exceptional. I guess that word should do it, I might run out of words to describe it so I won’t even try. Bottom line is, it satisfied my reading pleasure.
THE FILM. I don’t know why but I had this strong urge to immediately watch the movie after reading the book. A friend of mine actually expressed the interest to see it few weeks back, so I texted her right after I finished reading it, and luckily she’s in Trinoma, making it possible for us to check the screenings. I right away fixed myself up then hopped in to, where else, Trinoma, and purchased LFS tickets for both of us. And to add more excitement, it’s in 3D! The last time, or more like the first time, I had my 3D experience was with the 20-minute preview of Avatar courtesy of Monster Radio RX 93.1, Season’s hottest. I think that was several months ago, that’s why I am excited to watch a film in 3D again. And what a movie it was.
I loved and enjoyed everything about the movie. The effects were amazing (well, of course the 3D helped a lot). It was adapted the way I imagined it to be, only more colorful and much alive. My most favorite part, I have to say, is when Scrooge met Marley’s ghost. The thing that did if for me is the effect on the chains and on the ghost itself. It was like so real, from the sound to the make up (?), and all. My most favorite Spirit was the first one, but I love how the second Spirit showed Scrooge the present. Amazing! I wish I had that power, too. And the Crachit’s! From the novel to the film, I love them all. Especially Bob, I want to pinch his cheeks every time I see him on screen haha!
I’ll give this film an A+! Definitely one of the best adapted movie I have seen. Great great job to the director Robert Zemeckis and all the people behind it. I hope everyone would be able to see how splendid this film is. Let’s all spread the Holiday cheers! Merry Christmas everyone! =)