Dickens’s Heart of Darkness – Not your Muppet Christmas Carol

By | 7th January 2020

If you missed the broadcast of the new BBC/FX version of A Christmas Carol, it is well worth tracking down on a streaming service. While the production is occasionally bonkers, it brilliantly captures Charles Dickens’s passionate anger about social injustice in Victorian Britain. This is not a cosy story of a mean old man chivvied by a couple of bad dreams into playing Santa Claus to the family of his impoverished clerk. Marley and Scrooge are the calculating faces of a heartless capitalism that pursues profit at the cost of lives and souls. …This is a dark and sometimes scary Christmas Carol. It takes numerous liberties with the original. However, I suspect that it comes closer to the authentic vision of Charles Dickens than any previous version.

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