Monday, December 17, 2012

Year One. Day Four: "A Diva's Christmas Carol" (2000)

Day Four of my Advent Christmas Carol Challenge:

"A Diva's Christmas Carol" (2000)

For today's movie, the role of Scrooge is played by Vanessa Williams, (who has been fabulously renamed "Ebony Scrooge.")

Scrooge is now a Diana Ross-esque diva who forces her beleaguered stage crew to work on Christmas day, and help her promote her new album.

While staying at a hotel in New York, she is visited by Marli, her former band mate who died several Christmas Eves previously.

That Kathy Griffin plays the Ghost of Christmas past, should give some indication of just how camp this production is, and while it never takes itself seriously at all, it pulls off a pretty satisfying ending.

This has been the first all out comedy version of the story I have seen so far, and I was surprised how well it worked

Vanessa Williams is a terrific mixture of self-pity and all out bitchiness, right up until the end, and the film manages to be both incredibly imaginative with the source material and also very faithful to it.

As fun and fabulous as a party with the Fezziwigs.

"A Diva's Christmas Carol" (2000) 3/5

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