Have You Ever Watched “A Christmas Carol”?

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“The Man Who Invented Christmas” is a movie about how Charles Dickens (played by Dan Stevens) created the book ‘A Christmas Carol’. You also learn about some of his life since that leads to where he got some of his ideas for the story. You see his wife, his children, and his father throughout the movie. Some of these parts are really emotional.

While we learn about his life, this movie focuses primarily on the process of writing the book, so the parts of life we learn about is really those that influenced the story. He got his ideas from his environment. His environment was in London. This can be a bit confusing at times as some of the words used are different than today. For example, instead of saying cookie they say biscuit. Charles had a neat way of looking at life. When on the streets, instead of seeing vendors taking money, he saw people making a living. When he saw dancers in the street to earn money, he was impressed and the dancing made him happy. He also tried to donate to almost every single person that was homeless on the streets.

Charles Dickens lived in the 1800’s. This was an interesting setting as the norms included horse drawn carriages, girls that always wore dresses, and a marketplace. Instead of big grocery stores people would go to booths to buy things. This was also before child labor was illegal. He was very poor in his past and was forced into the workhouse for children. That wasn’t very good. Also, it was pretty much just a normal day of the year, but one that they didn’t have to go to work that day. It was not a big deal as it is today.

Charles Dickens only had six weeks to make the book. The movie showed us how he figured out each chapter and how he worked with one other person in the process. It was difficult to write the book because it takes two weeks to print and illustrate the book. Basically this means he only had four weeks to actually write the book. Charles Dickens had to do all of the selling and marketing himself.

The actors (including Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge and Jonathan Pryce as Charles Dickens) were good at their jobs though I had a little trouble understanding their British accents. They made everything seem realistic. I recommend the movie for kids 13 and over as it is a bit hard to follow and understand at times. Sometimes the actors were really funny.