Tonight we enjoyed the 2004 TV musical production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL starring Kelsey Grammer as Ebenezer Scrooge.
While not the most moving or sumptuous production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL made thus far -- that honor, in my book, goes to the 1984 TV production starring George C. Scott -- this version is engaging on its own terms. Grammer is entertaining as the infamous crank whose life is changed one Christmas Eve. The film has a pleasant score and a solid supporting cast including Jane Krakowski, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Geraldine Chaplin. I particularly enjoyed Jesse L. Martin of LAW AND ORDER as the Ghost of Christmas Present and Jason Alexander as Jacob Marley.
If you're looking for a new version of a familiar classic to enjoy during the holiday season, this movie nicely fills the bill.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL runs 97 minutes. It is available on DVD. Additionally, the soundtrack is available on CD.