WOW! That’s all I have to say in my review to this movie. Not only was the animation great, but also the experience of 3D was the best I have ever had in a movie theater.
I remember viewing a 3D movie in the Epcot Center of Disney World when I was eight years old, but the quality was nothing compared to this. No longer do you wear the cardboard glasses with one blue and one red lens; you get legitimate glasses. They are not very stylish (you look like Buddy Holly when you wear them) but they are much easier to handle while watching the movie.
My expectation of the movie being in 3D was to see the movie in regular style with the occasional hand popping out or something; this was not the case at all. From the very beginning, you are able to see through windows and feel the snow falling all around you. The movie opened with a flight sequence through the town, and it simply blew me away.
I went into this film with low expectations for the movie itself. I figured they would try to blow me away with 3D moments rather than focus on telling the story. Once again my expectations were wrong. The movie was phenomenal; it was interesting to see this twist on a story told hundreds of times. This version was completely different from your average telling of the Charles Dickens classic. It was dark and gloomy and sometimes terrifying, especially considering that the action was happening all around you. The best word to describe it is probably creepy, but that doesn’t keep it from being very entertaining.
Jim Carrey does the voices for the majority of these characters and does a fantastic job. Those who go to see this may be expecting funny voices from Carrey, but this is not the case. His characters are serious and dark and none sound the same. This movie creates a whole new respect for Carrey’s talents and is another reason this is such a spectacle.
I’m not sure how well this movie would stand on its own without the 3D, as it feels long and drawn out at some points, but it is a great rendition of this timeless tale.