A Christmas Carol is one of the most iconic books ever written, and whether or not it changed how we looked at Christmas is another debate for another time, but The Man Who Invented Christmas was a great look into the life of author Charles Dickens. Writers, even the great ones, go through writers block. Sometimes the ideas just pop up and great stories are born. Charles (Dan Stevens) has a dark past he rather forget, but in that past lays the foundation for his greatest story. What makes this film so good is the fact shows you how Dickens got all the ideas for his famous story about an angry guy who is heartless and doesn’t care about anyone else but himself. To get this all down on paper causes more than it’s fair share of problems for Charles who finds himself turning into Scrooge. There are many back stories about major stories, some are interesting and worth telling, while others are not. The Man Who Invented Christmas may not be the greatest title for this film, but gives us a great insight of how A Christmas Carol became just as important to Christmas as Santa Claus. It is sad to think this movie is not drawing in the crowds like other Christmas movies, since this story is worth sharing during this time of the year. Even if you don’t bother to see it at the theater, you should catch it sometime on Netflix. 8/10
2 thoughts on “The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)”
I do believe the novella did change a lot how we thought about Christmas if you study the history, but yeah, I’m interested to see this film!
I wonder if it’s Oscar-worthy?
That is a very good question! I doubt it will contend with the big films of the year, but you know for what it is worth, the solid performances and story deserved to be recognized. This wasn’t your typical biography, so that along should merit some attention.