The true story of how Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas
Carol" and redefined the spirit of Christmas forever.
The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
Directed by Bharat Nalluri
Written by Susan Coyne
Starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Morfydd Clark, Justin Edwards, Anna Murphy,
Miriam Margoyles, Simon Callow, Donald Sumpter
Based on the book by Les Standiford
Ever since it was first published in 1843, A Christmas Carol has been a staple of holiday storytelling, essentially laying the groundwork for everything we hold dear about Christmas today. But writing the story was no easy feat. Charles Dickens was already a well-known author, but he was on the verge of unshakable debt after publishing three flops. He had no idea this novel would be his masterpiece and without it, Dickens would've ended up in debtor's prison and likely never written again. This movie tells the fascinating story of how circumstance, his own life, and just plain fate led Dickens to writing A Christmas Carol and changing the landscape of Christmas forever.
Dan Stevens portrays Dickens in a superb performance, showing Dickens as a kindhearted storyteller with demons of his own, which manifest in his writing as the grim old miser Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is played magnificently by Christopher Plummer, who acts as both the devil and the angel on Dickens's shoulder during his writing process. Through Dickens powerful journey into his own head, we learn about his difficult relationship with his father and the reasons behind his tendency to write about the poor. The film provides great insight into the man rather than the writer, telling a humanizing story that will no doubt go on to be a celebrated holiday film in many households.
The Man Who Invented Christmas is a heartwarming film about one man's determination to conquer his own darkness by telling a story about a lonely old man who learns to appreciate everything around him. Charles Dickens gave all of us a new admiration for Christmas with his novel. Before A Christmas Carol, not a lot of people celebrated Christmas. But after, the holiday grew to be the beloved event it is today. Without Dickens and his amazing story, we may never have learned to appreciate Christmas as the time of year where we love everything just a bit more, be it family, friend, or life itself.