The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas
  • 2017
  • 1h 44min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Bharat Nalluri
  • Cast: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Callow, Donald Sumpter, Miriam Margolyes, Morfydd Clark, Justin Edwards, Ian McNeice, Bill Paterson
  • UK release: 1 December 2017

Charles Dickens (Stevens), down on his luck, is in desperate need of a hit when Ebenezer Scrooge (Plummer) pops into his head and starts offering pointers. Decent if occasionally twee adaptation of Les Standiford’s non-fiction book, with Stevens being sympathetic and energetic and Plummer clearly relishing a chance to do Scrooge.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas (PG)

In 1843, Charles Dickens was a struggling literary rock star. After his publishers rejected his pitch for A Christmas Carol, Dickens declared he would publish it himself. Using real-life inspiration and a vivid imagination, author Dickens brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life, changing Christmas into the celebration we know today.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

27 Nov 20173 stars

Dan Stevens is Dickens and Christopher Plummer Scrooge in an imaginative if twee festive film

The title might be misleading ('popularised' is probably more accurate), but there's no denying the joy-to-the-world sincerity of this family friendly festive offering, which takes an imaginative look at the inspiration behind Charles Dickens' A…

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