6 January 2013 | earthinspace-1
rises above its own cliché to achieve beautiful art
Good ghost story with only about one second of special effects. The film earned a cinematography prize and it really shows. I was rolling my eyes a few times, doubting whether it was accurate. By the end, it seems this quirky fictional approach may add more to the body of Dickens memorabilia than another non-fiction telling. Some parts of the film earn about a 6 but over all, the parts add up to more than their sum. The music is really, really nice. The settings, costumes, and characters felt pretty authentic... except for being too clean everywhere. It's even authentic that the film doesn't quite satisfy in the end --- the main storyline just says what it came to say, in an eerie way, and then disappears without much conceited style. It leaves a few questions unanswered. We are almost disappointed in the author Dickens... because, after all, he was merely a human being... but he was having a supernatural experience. I just picked this film up at a thrift store or I'd never have seen it. All three of us liked it.