It will put a smile on anyone’s face, whether they’re 1 or 100
Dan Stevens’ Charles Dickens is both approachable and realistic as he leads the way through a genuinely interesting Christmas film. There’s enough factual output from the script, to give The Man Who Invented Christmas an authentic feel, without it becoming ‘classic’ or somewhat boring.
After a series of failed novels, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) desperately needs inspiration for a new story. So when he stumbles across a viciously cruel old man, Charles sets out to take a similar character on a long path to redemption in his next book.
Everything about the film makes it seem as if it should be some naff Christmas film, only made to get audiences to pay their hard earned money because it’s somehow related to the festive period. However, The Man Who Invented Christmas is almost the opposite, as it thrives on a bright and spritely script, with a quick pace and some brilliant British acting. It is essentially a modern day, updated and twisting take on one of the most overused stories of all time, in A Christmas Carol, and it works.
The characters are light-hearted and joyful, qualities that retellings of A Christmas Carol almost always lack (maybe not The Muppets). Bharat Nalluri has shaken up the age-old story and turned it into something completely new, including some fascinating background information giving it a more unique turn.
The Man Who Invented Christmas is a refreshing film for a festive time of year with brilliant characters, wonderful storytelling and some tremendous acting. It will put a smile on anyone’s face, whether they’re 1 or 100. A true festive treat.