I'm going to watch Christmas movies with the family all day and go to a Christmas Eve service with my sis tonight.
Mr. Alastair Sim.
If you have never seen Alastair Sim's Ebenezer Scrooge...then you are a sorely deprived person.
There is just no getting around it. ;-D
This version is so completely brilliant and wonderful, there are not even words to describe it.
My family has watched it every Christmas Eve for much longer than I can recall (in fact, I remember being 3 or 4 and having to be escorted out of the room during the arrival of Jacob Marley's ghost).
This adaptation captures the spirit of Dicken's novel better than any other version. Every actor is wonderful in this film, but it is Alastair Sim who IS the film. He is perfectly frightening, and tragic, and humorous, and full of so much joy he can't even contain himself. (Anyone who ever says the word "label" to me at any point in the year is welcomed with a gleeful interpertation of Sim: "I must have a label. LABEL, LABEL, LABEL, LABEL, LABBBEELLLLL!")
And the writing and direction are astounding. This is not your normal, "sweet", little Christmas Carol. This movie can be extremely frightening. The camera-work is dark and BRILLIANT. This is all makes the ending redemption...THAT much more awesome.
This film is so perfect, it wouldn't even be Christmas for me without it.
I'd highly recommend it. And I know Kate-Gabrielle recommends it highly as well (just in case you don't want to take the recommendation of someone who regularly advises you to watch Gidget Goes Hawaiian. ;-D)
Have an absolutely wonderful Christmas Eve!