In SPIRITED WE are watching two generally comic performers work a creative script by Sean Anders and John Morris who mix the old fashion Scrooge with at today ‘Scrooge’ named Clint.
Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds carry the task of moving from the original dark Christmas ghost story to one that weaves in and out of the book by Dickens with the modern day world of Clint Briggs who is a modern day ‘Scrooge.’ All this is done with the help of Octavia Spender.
Director Sean Anders weaves the two level story laced with the comic adaptations from Reynolds and Ferrell balanced with their serious problem in life which leaves them as negative characters. The question in the fim, is can they help each other get life right?
The atmosphere of a stage musical is smartly played even though it is over the top at times that’s OK because we are viewing the characters from a nether world that is filled with characterS who work at curing their negative characteristics from life.
Each of the players have hang-ups, one female character from the half way world trips up while attemption to save Briggs and she admits to having an affair which she states I just could not resists. Briggs and Scrooge argue about the little boy, who Scrooge believes was called Larry only to be corrected by Briggs who says: “no his name is Tiny Tim.” Scrooge is amazed that modern cities have indoor plumbing and he takes advantage of it.
Spirited won’t change your life, but you will smile for two hours watching the cast attempt to put the World on the right track. This is a must see holiday film for 2022.