Disney’s new adaptation of A Christmas Carol stays pretty faithful to the original Charles Dickens novel. Makes for some pretty cool special effects, but some slow pacing and set up at the get-go. You know the story, of course: penny-pincher Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by various ghosts of Christmas something or another, and he ends up changing his ways. Bill Murray’s 1980′s version, Scrooged, had a bit more life in it, but the new version is in 3D, aided by the rubbery-faced Jim Carey.
Scrooge need not heed the advice of all the supernatural haunts, though. He might simply have invoked a somewhat different incarnation of Bill Murray–in the form of Dr. Peter Venkman. Jacob Marley? Just a Class Five Full-Roaming Vapor. Real nasty one, too. Them Ghostbusters can’t be beat, cleanin’ up the Ghost of Christmas Future and his ilk. Then again, Scrooge might not be willing to pony up the outrageous fees that Stantz, Spengler, and Venkman charge. Proton charging? One thousand dollars. Trapment of Supernatural Entities? Four thousand dollars. Getting to sleep without having to face that nagging conscience? Priceless.