It wouldn’t be December if I didn’t watch at least one version of “A Christmas Carol”. I could watch a classic one, the newer animated one that’s pretty terrible, or the slapstick Bill Murray version. None of these hold a candle to the one brought to us by Kermit and company.
I was turned onto this version by an ex-boyfriend. I don’t readily remember which one but it happened one holiday season during my early twenties. Sometime between being legally old enough to drink and realizing I was halfway to thirty. Anyway…
Michael Caine stars as Scrooge, the crabby, lonely, greedy old man who quite simply hates everything. He treats his own employees with complete disregard. When he is visited by three ghosts, past, present and future, he is forced to deal with his own demons. Upon realizing that Bob Cratchit (Kermit) has been mistreated by him and that his family is in need, Scrooge finds it within himself to be a better person.
Really, its Michael Caine’s performance that carries this film. The muppets are cute and mildly entertaining, but its Caine that you find yourself watching. This film doesn’t make it into my holiday viewing every year, but this year it did.
There is one moment when Scrooge sings about a lost love and it always brings a tear to my eye. Don’t tell anyone I told you that though. If you’ve tired of the other versions of “A Christmas Carol”, this one offers up a nice alternative.