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A Christmas Carol (1999)
The best adaptation I have seen
Well, for the start, I'd just like to say that I loved this adaptation of the Christmas Carol. The first one I ever saw was the adaptation in Blackadder back in the 90s. The second one was this one. And after seeing a few more, I have to see that this one is still the best. For one, Stewart's Scrooge isn't cartoonish in his hatred of Christmas, even though it was sort of a norm in many adaptations. He is more subtle and such leaves us with a more realistic Scrooge IMHO. Patrick Stewart presents well the emotional cripple that is Ebenezer Scrooge and his fears of abandonment and betrayal. Instantly you see that Scrooge is a deeply tortured person. Also, the spiritual transformation is very organic, and you can see the key points in which Scrooge starts doubting himself, before he finally sees the error of his ways. The supporting cast is pretty damn good overall. Richard Grant conveyed the misery and helplessness, but certain and occasional hopefulness (brought on by the holidays) of Bob Cratchit quite marvelously. Now TV star Dominic West is truly masterful in his role as Fred. Interactions between him and Stewart have brought us some of the best scenes in any of the adaptations. The effects aren't top notch as far as technology for that time goes, but are presented to us in such a manner that they don't really seem out of place. The story is quite faithful to the Charles Dickens story. And one more thing that was very important to me: The movie conveys the fact that it is Christmas masterfully. Some movies fail utterly to deliver this feeling. But here, the sets are just right, the lighting, the extras, the music, the props... Everything makes you believe that its Christmas. In the end - I love this movie.
Whenever December comes by I always enjoy watching it. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
A great end to, lets face it, a really good series.
This might be one of the best episodes of the series. Probably is second only to "Chill of the Night". Breaking the forth wall is what Batmite does, and the episode really goes well with the overall Silver Age campiness that the series was all about. Adding of such obscure characters like Ambush Bug was a real surprise and it was just a delight to see how he interacted with the characters from the show. In reality Batmite represent the part of the watcher that wants a new, grim Batman, while Ambush Bug represents the part that likes the show, its freshness, and wouldn't mind if it went on for a few more seasons. The episode gives a great insight on how a good show gets canceled. The ending of the season, and series, was in a way touching, seeing how Silver Age Batman doesn't yield even to the erasing of his own reality saying that he'll always be there for us, the fans. It retained the Silver Age style and told a serious story that culminated in the last two minutes of the episode. I enjoyed the series, but as it turns out there can't be two Batman shows on at the same time. So, we can just wait for "Beware the Batman" in 2013, which promises a grimmer story but also has what seems to be terrible CGI. Until then we are left with what The Brave and the Bold left behind, and can just ask ourselves if canceling it at the time where we have such CGI shows as "Green Lantern" was a good choice for Cartoon Network and in the end, for the fans ... You had a good run "Brave and the Bold". You shall not be forgotten.