Director: Sean Anders
So, at our house, there are two very different stances on Dickens' A Christmas Carol. To me, the book is a near-religious text and an annual reminder that one can make good on a life ill-lived, that every year is a chance for change and a reminder of how we can improve the lot of those around us. We are a product of our lives, but at the end of the day, it's the choices we make daily that define how we impact the world. To Jamie, it's this thing that's on at Christmas that people keep remaking as movies of varying quality. I think both of these viewpoints are true.
I'll need to give it another viewing, but it's possible Spirited (2022) will enter the very nichey canon of my favorite adaptations of the story, which include the George C. Scott version, the Patrick Stewart version, Muppets Christmas Carol and Scrooged. Given the way this year's Thanksgiving has gone down, I may just be raw and in need of a boost that this movie provided, but here we are.
While I'm more than done with movies investigating the mechanics behind Santa's operations (Fred Clause and Arthur Christmas are maybe my highlight of that genre), no one had really taken on the same idea with A Christmas Carol. And if I'm being honest with myself, I don't know if I'd put any thought into it other than it's a ghost story and this is how they work.