The Man Who Invented Christmas Poster

Release Date: November 22nd, 2017

PG|1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary
In 1843 London, author Charles Dickens finds himself in financial trouble after writing three unsuccessful novels in a row. Desperate for a hit, Dickens relies on real-life inspiration and his vivid imagination to bring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in "A Christmas Carol," forever changing the holiday season into the celebration known today.

Cast: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Justin Edwards, Morfydd Clark, Donald Sumpter, Miles Jupp, Simon Callow

Director: Bharat Nalluri

Genres: Historical drama, Biography

Production Co: Parallel Films, Rhombus Media

Distributors: Bleecker Street Media

Keywords: Wife, Marriage, London, Emotional, Transformation, Amusing, Heartwarming, Creative, Quest, Charming, Office

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The more that Nalluri tries to connect Dickens’ personal breakthroughs to those of his fictional character, the less authentic it feels. Inadvertently, this forgettable bauble ends up illustrating just how rare and precious true inspiration is. show more

  • As a portrait of an author on the verge of a breakthrough, this is a run-of-the-mill, occasionally clumsy biopic; as for contextualizing Christmas, it never explains how it functioned before Dickens and only briefly mentions how it changed after him. show more

  • There are many pleasures along the way, including the effective evocation of Victorian-era London. show more

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