Director: Bharat Nalluri.
Starring: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce. Ireland/Canada 2017. 104 mins.
Popular historian Les Standiford’s eponymous best-seller told how, in order to revive his then flagging career, Charles Dickens was obliged, in 1843, to self-publish A Christmas Carol. The novel soon caused a sensation, and it revived much of the nostalgia and tradition we associate with Christmas today. Director Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day) has turned Standiford’s story into a cracking cinematic yarn. Dan Stevens (Beauty And The Beast) plays the hard-pressed, impoverished author who finishes the novel in just six weeks and is swept away by his own story. In the process the now legendary characters of Ebenezer Scrooge (Plummer) and Tiny Tim are vividly brought to life. Adding to the poignant fun are Jonathan Pryce as Dickens’s father, John Dickens, and Miriam Margolyes as Mrs Fisk. Just in time for the festive season!
How do you follow The Force Awakens – a film that raked in two billion dollars at the box office and made the world fall in love with Star Wars all over again? That’s the mammoth task in the charge of The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson (Looper), who has lined up an epic adventure that challenges heroes old and new and delves deep into the mythology of the Force.
Plot details are scarce, but the late Carrie Fisher plays a major role, and Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro join the cast. The film’s beating heart, however, is the relationship between Rey and Luke. Rey finally comes face to face with the Jedi master on the island of Ahch-To, but he’s not the man she was expecting to find.