I don’t think there was any way I’d get through this month without watching at least one holiday appropriate movie, but this definitely wasn’t the one I was thinking I’d start with. I was invited to attend a holiday party/meeting with one of my company’s clients and along with a massive load of cookies, brownies, candy, nog and cider. Because ten in the morning isn’t ideal for loud music and dancing, we sat around a conference table and watched The Muppet Christmas Carol.
A take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Gonzo and Rizzo take us along for the tale of an Ebenezer Scrooge, played by the great Sir Michael Caine, who’s just a big jerk and hates everyone and everything especially Christmas. After reluctantly allowing his workers to have the holiday off, he goes home and has some crazy hallucinations seeing the ghosts of his former business partners and these three spirits that give him a glance at what the people of London have, do, and will think of him. The viewer realizes the source of his angst as Ebenezer realizes what will become of him due to the err of his ways. He decides to be nicer to people, in particular his most loyal worker Bob Cratchit (played by Kermit the Frog).
The Muppets of course bring their own flavor to the classic Christmas story perfectly placing our favorite characters within Dickens’ holiday scene. Michael Caine is a great Scrooge since his emotional range is all in the voice (come on, his face doesn’t change all that much). For a film where its actors are mostly foam and felt, it feels much more human. It’s a much more uplifting interpretation because of the little quips and gags which are appropriate for what’s supposed to be a joyous time. If you’re gonna teach people to be nice to each other, shouldn’t you have fun while doing it?