The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) - Biography, Comedy, Drama

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The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.

Director: Bharat Nalluri
Stars: Dan Stevens, Mark Schrier
Length: 104 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 9 out of 96 found boring (9.37%)

One-line Reviews (61)

The film could have done with more exciting events given it also was about Charles Dickens himself.

Unfortunately, it's all stuck on top of a much-too-safe story on the plight of the rich man, that's just more proof that an artist's imagination is often more compelling than his life.

a dreary bunch to say the least.

This story is told through the compelling mechanism of Dickens imagining his characters to life and wrestling with their decisions face-to-face, giving us the unique perspective of how a writer creates.

I was so excited to see this movie after seeing the trailers on TV, but was truly disappointed and walked out of the theater after about 45 minutes.

Worth Watching .

Delightful, Imaginative, Dramatic, and Entertaining .

It's a descent telling of the story but a little slow in parts.

An interesting spin on a classic Christmas tale; charming, interesting and surprisingly enjoyable.

This film, about the author and origin of the classic novella, is a very good and most enjoyable story to add to one's Christmas collection.

Bah Humbug - So Boring.. .

If you can get past the brain-numbing boredom at the beginning, you're in for a real treat.


The book's subtitle explains a little more, lest there be any confusion regarding the much older Christmas origins of St. Nicholas and of the birth of Jesus.

Surrounding these central characters with a great supporting cast in a spot-on period London filmed with grand cinematography is extremely romantic and engaging.

Some of these moments could have been better delivered at earlier moments, and may have minimized the confusion of why he was so angry.

Even though the film is blended with dreams and foreshadowing, and flashbacks it still has enough drama and laughs to be entertaining.

As many a novelist will tell you, the story takes on a life of its own, the characters take on a life of their own moving the story into an unexpected direction, a direction not anticipated by the author.

Using creative imagination, artistry, and some fascinating stylized characters, the movie's director and screenplay writer have brought to the screen a wonderful film that both tantalizes with its whimsy and penetrates with its emotional dramatic scenes that even enhance A Christmas Carol story itself.

A very boring moment of my life.

Descent Telling Of The Story But A Little Slow .

It's lighthearted and fun, yet intriguing and relatable.

The Man Who Invented Christmas, is an account whereas how much is purely fiction and how much is based on fact is completely unbeknownst to me, but it does make a very entertaining and at the same time heartwarming story of how author Charles Dickens came to write one of his most beloved stories, A Christmas Carol.

Dan Stevens should also get a nomination for his portrayal of Dickens, Bharat Nalluri for directing, and Susan Coyle for a fascinating screenplay.

I wouldn't describe it as a Christmas movie, or something that the whole family can enjoy for Christmas, but it certainly is a (long needed) new and modern approach to this story and that is still fascinating me, that this story indeed, never gets old.

This film is well done, imaginative and very entertaining.

Enjoyable background film on Dickens and "A Christmas Carol" .

Clever Presentation: When attempting to answer how Charles got his motivation and do it in an entertaining manner, the team has to think outside the box for this one.

An unexpected mix of biopic and fairytale .

Worth the watch.

A contrived rivalry with Thackeray that never happened in real life; the many incongruous events; the contrivance that Dickens' story was inspired by an Irish girl's Varney the Vampire booklet (presumably required by the Irish financiers to invent an Irish connection to Dickens) when that booklet was published after A Christmas Carol.

The film is an entertaining reimagining of the origins of the celebrated story, "A Christmas Carol".

By spinning the classic 'Christmas Carol' on its head and telling it through the lens of its author, this indeterminately accurate bio- pic transposes the core morals of Dickens' source story onto an entertainingly embellished yarn of his own life with a focus on how he came to craft the now well-known and seemingly obvious novella and, while the feature does fall flat on the odd occasion its sentimentality (or indeed its ham-fisted love for 'Christmas spirit') overthrows all else or when it seems to squeeze the life from its 'Dickens as Scrooge' metaphors, its an incredibly entertaining and endearing piece of work which is actually at its best when acting as a more traditional entry in the genre, showcasing the central author's passion for his craft and struggles with writer's block as he tries to write a story that's both deeply personal to him and important for the economic climate in which he finds himself; the piece can occasionally seem slightly 'TV- movie' and it's still pretty 'paint-by-numbers' despite its unique premise and plot-elements, but its flaws weren't all that noticeable thanks mainly to how charming and interesting it all was - plus, Plummer makes a great Scrooge and Stevens was fantastic too.

I don't know, but the movie I'm reviewing tonight attempts to answer that question in an entertaining manner.

Films are to be entertaining and this is one for a fun night away from reality.

Even knowing how it would eventually turn out, it was an enjoyable watch.

It's all pretty entertaining.

First of all, the concept of combining a biopic with a timeless tale , is itself an intriguing idea.

A good, entertaining movie.

Charles whatever he was like in reality makes an interesting counter point to the Scrooge character and drives home a valuable lesson here as well as making it's subject matter entertaining and well done technically as a film as well as boasting some excellent cinematography and it's attention to detail for that time period is exquisite and seems to have been excellently researched and developed.

Unlikely but highly entertaining .

The acting is good all around, especially Dan Stevens , Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce, with stunning visuals and great sets.

Also starring Simon Callow as John Leech, Donald Sumpter as Haddock, Miriam Margolyes as Mrs. Fisk, Ian McNeice as Chapman, Bill Paterson as Mr. Grimsby, John Henshaw as Butcher / Mr. Fezziwig, EastEnders' Annette Badland as Mrs. Fezziwig, Justin Edwards as John Forster, Miles Jupp as Thackeray, Jasper Hughes Cotter as Walter Dickens, James Heffernan as Charley Dickens, Aleah Lennon as Mamie Dickens, Ella Mai Delaney as Katey Dickens, Ely Solan as Young Charles, Marcus Lamb as Reverend Henry Burnett / Bob Cratchit, Katie McGuinness as Fanny Dickens / Mrs. Cratchit and Pearse Kearney as Henry Jr. Stevens is really likeable as the famous novelist in the process or creating a masterpiece, and Plummer is perfectly cast as the Scrooge of Dickens' imagination, rather than a dull biopic movie, this is a comic insight into how he came to write the famous seasonal story, it is funny at the right moments, but also poignant, it really captures the spirit of the original story it explores, and the period detail is exquisite, a fresh and heart-warming take on a classic, a most enjoyable biographical comedy drama.

I almost didn't watch 'Hidden Figures' because another critic savaged the movie as 'unwatchable'.

Unfortunately, it's all stuck on top of a much-too-safe story on the plight of the rich man, that's just more proof that an artist's imagination is often more compelling than his life.

I give the film a fantastic and entertaining rating of 9 out of 10.

Boring, pretentious and exaggerated .

Attempts to capture the process behind creative writing usually falls into one of two buckets: dry and boring, or outlandish and over-the-top.

While the Victorian costumes were effective and the performers were well-cast, the ultimate effect was neither a compelling biographical film nor a serious attempt to understand the way that a novelist develops characters and narrative.

Lead actor Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey is unbearable to watch from start to finish with how he goes over the top in a painfully cringeworthy way in almost every single scene he is in.

Still in all, viewers across the political spectrum will find the film more than enjoyable and a welcome reminder that we should _ and can _ celebrate each other all the time, not just in advance of exchanging Christmas presents and knocking back a cold one.

Maybe one of the most endearing characters is quite unexpected, it's Dicken's father John played with aplomb by the wonderful Jonathan Pryce.

Rather than offer up yet another film version of the Dickens novella, director Bharat Nalluri (MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY, 2008) instead uses the Susan Coyne screenplay adapted from the non-fiction work of Les Standiford to present the lively and entertaining tale of HOW Dickens wrote his iconic book.

If you're looking for a nice Christmas movie, this was very enjoyable.

I would love to become a story-writer for movies because intriguing stories keep developing in my mind all the time ; stories that can achieve both critical and commercial success for the movie-makers.

This is a movie with great fun, enjoyable scenes, spinning a tale about an eternal tale we have seen a hundred times in a dozen incarnations, whether Alastair Sim, Mr Magoo or Bill Murray: we know the story.

This showed up after I fell asleep watching a rerun of CSI.

With his financial resources dwindling, he's forced to make a quick decision on his next work, and veers into a Christmas story by chance, influenced by unexpected encounters with people he meets that inspire some of the characters that will form the basis of his story.

He suffered a writer's block that every time when he tried to write something, the only thing he got was the drop of ink on an empty and void paper.

This move is a wonderful way to spend some reflective and enjoyable moments at the theater during these Holidays.

This story is told through the compelling mechanism of Dickens imagining his characters to life and wrestling with their decisions face-to-face, giving us the unique perspective of how a writer creates.