Perhaps the cinematic equivalence of “Manny being Manny” is “Jim Carrey being Jim Carrey”. As an actor who has somehow managed to repackage himself as different versions of the same character, audiences know what to expect with his films: a man so high-strung that he isn’t just the center of his movies – he is the blood bank. But “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” felt like a transformative performance, one in which he was on his medications, meek and mild, the real Jim Carrey trapped somewhere inside without any power to express himself. It was like a mere shadow of the man that nevertheless felt so much more evocative.
Now, after a spat of family films, Jim Carrey returns in “A Christmas Carol”, directed by Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the Future”, “Forrest Gump”) and co-starring Gary Oldman, Bob Hoskins, and Robin Wright Penn. “A Christmas Carol”, a story that is as well known for the series of adaptations as it is for the original book, seems tailored for CG with all of the special effects wizardry at hand. However, it is hard to get a handle on the performance of Jim Carrey, who voices Scrooge as well as the three ghosts, because he spends much of the trailer screaming. “A Christmas Carol” will be released November 6th, 2009.