Yes, in what seems certain to become the most critically-acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens’ festive opus ever committed to celluloid, Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell (like Bill Murray, Michael Caine, and Matthew McConaughey before them) are putting their own unique spin on A Christmas Carol.
Directed by Sean Anders (Daddy’s Home, Daddy’s Home 2), Spirited promises to shake the dust off Dickens’ 1843 novella in ways we haven’t seen since 2009’s (criminally-underrated) Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Here’s the synopsis:
Each Christmas Eve, the Ghost of Christmas Present (Will Ferrell) selects one dark soul to be reformed by a visit from three spirits. But this season, he picked the wrong Scrooge. Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds) turns the tables on his ghostly host until Present finds himself reexamining his own past, present and future. For the first time, A Christmas Carol is told from the perspective of the ghosts in this hilarious musical twist on the classic Dickens tale.
Apple Original Films today unveiled the official trailer for the holiday musical comedy, which will premiere in theaters on November 11 and globally on Apple TV+ on November 18.
Now, I love Christmas, and have always been an apologist for Messrs. Reynolds and Ferrell, so I think this looks fun, but maybe you hate Christmas and music and joy and laughter, and maybe you’d prefer to spend your Christmas Day alone, watching Bergman’s Wild Strawberries without subtitles and contemplating the void.
That’s fine, too.