Dan Stevens is Charles Dickens in 'The Man Who Invented Christmas'

27 Nov 2017

6 mins
Dan Stevens is Charles Dickens in 'The Man Who Invented Christmas'

To celebrate the release of The Man Who Invented Christmas reporter Rebecca managed to spend some festive moments with star of the film, Dan Stevens. What happened when Dan was asked about a Stevens' family Christmas and why people must be reminded to be kind and nice. Watch the interview to find out!

The Man Who Invented Christmas tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. The film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas is out in cinemas 1 December.

Rebecca's review

This delightfully merry family film, directed by Bharat Nalluri, will surely ignite your festive spirits, if they haven't already been, by the return of Christmas songs, advertisements and shopping inching into our lives again.

Dan Stevens brings to life a simple yet lovely adaptation of the well-loved ‘A Christmas Carol', with his humorous, youthful and relatable portrayal of Charles Dickens. Stevens creates a droll, lovable and energetic character, which I warmed to immediately. The passionate creativeness of Dickens and his commitment to his books is the bases of the story, which is further developed by his characters coming to life, for him anyway, and trying to convince him to let them make decisions on their outcomes in the book. They proceed to follow him around for the rest of the film and his outlook on reality is blurred by his imagination, sometimes even changing his emotions and reactions.

I really enjoyed the quick witty dialogue from the cast of characters. Talk of hating cows, an accordion, Scrooge waking Dickens in his nightgown, and deep lunges to prevent writers block, are among some of the best lines and situations that made me laugh. I promise that it's funnier when you watch the film yourself. The one liners are light-hearted and will tickle anyone's funny bone.

Themes of the rich vs the poor are apparent, as Dickens is met with disapproval from the upper class when he first explains his books plot and the importance of kindness towards everyone . However he proves their selfish attitude wrong, when his initial print sold out all 6,000 copies within a few days, and everyone was presented with the new idea of giving to others to make yourself and someone else happy. I would say the main difference between this adaptation and the many others, is that this story revolves around Charles and the writing of the book rather than the contents of the book. I liked this different take on the story, and I feel it was executed really successfully.

The plot is detailed and exciting enough to keep you fascinated throughout and it's paced well. Every scene transitions seamlessly into the next. I can honestly say this film will bring a smile to your face and will perhaps remind you about how important it is to be happy and that "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another". This film will definitely be a hit this Christmas, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to go out to the cinema with the family.

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