Christmas in July Blogathon – The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)


This post is part of the Christmas in July Blogathon being held over at Drew’s Movie Reviews

Click here for the full post on his site.

Tnx Drew for letting me participate once again this year!


“Humbug!” – Scrooge

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – As famed author Charles Dickens’ attempts to write a new novel, he is struck with writer’s block and must find a way to come up with an extraordinary idea for an original story.

My Take on it – What better choice for a film review for Christmas in July over at Drew’s then perhaps a story about the events and man who helped make Christmas as festive and joyous as it is.

This film is based on the premise that Charles Dickens needed to search his innermost self in order to find the right elements to create one of his most popular novels: A Christmas Carol.

This film weighs heavily on information included in that novel, so it probably is more helpful for the viewer to understand this film much better if they already have a familiarity with that story (or some version of it since there have been so many over the years.

Dan Stevens does a pretty good job in the lead but he is outshines by Christopher Plummer who plays Scrooge.

Stevens manages to do a fine job showing an author trying to find his way through the maze of plot and characters in order to create something comprehensible and plausible.

The fact that he gets advice from his characters along the way is a great touch here.

The story itself works well to show us the inner workings of the mind of a literary genius while at the same time showing that there is a fine line between truth and fiction that gets very blurred during such an exhaustive writing process.

Bottom Line – Very interesting idea that works better for those who are more familiar with Dicken’s take A Christmas Carol. Steven does a nice job in the lead and manages to give us the feeling of an author trying to create a great story yet needs help from his characters to help make them seem plausible.  Plummer is wondrous as Scrooge and steals every scene that he appears in. The story works quite well as a way to perhaps see into the mind of a celebrated author while at the same time understand how the lines between truth and fiction can be blurred during this process. The give us a great look into how (possibly) the holiday of Christmas became so much more festive and joyful due to the themes of this book. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At 87 years old Christopher Plummer is the oldest actor to ever play Scrooge. In fact Scrooge is apparently elderly in the book while in the previous films Scrooge is played by various middle aged actors. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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3 thoughts on “Christmas in July Blogathon – The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

  1. Hi Rob! I wanted to see this when it came about and forgot all about it, thank you for posting this piece. I enjoyed reading your take, and I did not realize Christopher Plummer was that old! Thanks for watching and sharing.
    -Summer

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