What if a year after his transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge, with the help of Jacob Marley, was randomly transported through time to the modern era, where the descendant Jacob Crachit was being just as miserly was Scrooge once was? Puzzled by modern things, Scrooge tries to fulfill his mission to save a struggling small town diner from the cold heart of Crachit. Will he be able to do it in time?
Production Quality (1 point)
Much like other productions from Salty Earth, Mister Scrooge has its share of drawbacks. Video quality is fine, as usual, as is audio quality, except for some weird echoes for dramatic effects. The soundtrack is generic. However, there are some very cheap special effects throughout that make for an odd experience. There are also some cheesy props to contend with, as well as limited sets and locations. Furthermore, as is to be expected, the editing is relatively choppy. Thus, this is just another low-quality production with too much ambition.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
It’s one thing to craft a creative take off of a familiar story, but this film goes a bit too far. The intertwined past\present plots are too confusing to follow, and creating a cinematic universe for the characters of the famous Charles Dickens novel is problematic. What’s the point of the unexplained time travel elements? As we’ve said before, all time travel should be avoided in stories. Besides this, Mister Scrooge is just a blatant retread of the former story, just with a Christian spin and a worn out save-the-diner plot. There are also too many strawman characters, including a cheesy and stereotypically evil anti-Christmas businessman villain. In addition to this is mindless dialogue, forced comedy, and too many head-scratching moments to take this movie seriously. It’s very hard to understand what was meant by this plot.
Acting Quality (1 point)
Most of the time, this cast is overplaying their roles, as if they do not trust the audience to understand what they are doing. This comes off as annoying, as do the plastic emotions. However, there are a few good moments here, such as Torry Martin playing Santa.
We can understand the desire to be creative and to offer a unique take on a familiar story, but this is just all wrong. You can’t be so different that you isolate your audience. Besides this, the production is too low quality, and the acting is too off-putting for the film to truly be taken seriously. Most of the time, it’s difficult to understand what exactly Salty Earth is going for, but maybe one day they will find their niche.
Final Rating: 2 out of 10 points