The previous trailers for A Christmas Carol have, thus far, shown very little story, so it’s difficult to tell just how good the acting will actually be; we have mostly been privy to Jim Carrey screaming in horror, which doesn’t reveal much about his take on Scrooge. In the clip below (via Coming Soon), you can finally see just how the entire film begins to come together.
The first thing I noticed is just how beautiful the film looks. It occurred to me that very few CG films have actually focused on human characters; perhaps it’s easier to be emotive with exaggerated features, especially with non-human characters. But A Christmas Carol really strives for some level of fidelity to reality. CG characters now look human, and they express themselves in such detail that it’s hard to believe they’re not real.
I’m not sure about Jim Carrey’s take; he tries to disguise his voice so much that it sounds like he has a perpetual cold, as if he’s not fully able to express every word clearly and distinctively. I don’t know if he has the grumpy man thing down yet. But his style really seems suited for the unpredictable laugh at the end, just when it seems as if he’s about to blow up. Don’t take my word for it, though. Watch it for yourself.