9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Patrick Stewart was miscast as Scrooge.,
By A Customer
This review is from: A Christmas Carol [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
When Patrick Stewart was cast as Scrooge the producers clearly wanted an actor the Americans would welcome. Of course, he had a hard act to follow. This part has already been played by great actors like Alastair Sim, Albert Finney and George C. Scott. Sadly, Stewart doesn't quite live up to his predecessors, which is a shame because everything else is perfectly competent. The problem is that he just doesn't look right: my vision of Scrooge is an old, rather portly gent with greying hair. Patrick Stewart doesn't come close. The rest of the cast, though, are excellent. Richard E. Grant comes back down to Earth from his Scarlet Pimpernel shenanigans to play Bob Cratchit with great sensitivity. Bernard Lloyd does well as Jacob Marley in spite of the unnecessary special effects (and nobody could beat Alec Guinness in this role) and we have guest appearances by British regulars like Liz Smith, Gawn Grainger, Stephen Moore and Trevor Peacock. On the whole, this film is a good effort but doesn't manage to beat previous adaptations.