Tuesday, December 15, 2015

His Usual Melancholy Tavern | Jim Carrey (2009)



Index of other entries in The Christmas Carol Project

Robert Zemeckis' Christmas Carol also skips dinner. It goes straight from Cratchit's sliding adventure to Scrooge's arrival at home. I suppose it's a comparison between the joyful frivolity of the sliders (though everything looks gloomy in this movie so far) and the silent solitude of Scrooge's walk. Like in a couple of other versions we've looked at, there are no other people on the streets in Scrooge's part of town.

His house is a large mansion that stands tall and lonely, separated from the world by a large, brick wall. The ponderous, black, iron gate sounds like prison when Scrooge closes it behind himself. I don't imagine that Scrooge shares this building even with business offices. The whole point of the place is to show how cut off and isolated he is.

3 comments:

Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

Wow. This screen cap is so dark I had to crank up the brightness on my screen just to see anything!

Michael May said...

I know. It's horrible. I can see it better if I tilt my laptop screen at a different angle, but the movie is super dark and I don't have the energy to try to brighten it up.

Caffeinated Joe said...

The dark, gloomy nature of the scene fits the mood, I suppose.

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