I don’t know how many times I have to go on the record about not liking musicals, but here I am yet again, watching a musical … and even enjoying it! Spirited (2022) isn’t a full historical flick, but it does center on the timeless Dickensian classic, A Christmas Carol, and stars two of my favorite actors, Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds, so I’m calling it close enough. Plus, it’s a holiday film! And Christmas is only a few days away! Let’s let the holiday spirit (well, three of them, at any rate) flow through us!
Reynolds plays the “unredeemable” Clint Briggs, who is subjected to the ministrations of one very persistent Ghost of Christmas Present, played by Will Ferrell.
Octavia Spencer plays Kimberley, Clint’s business partner, and the love interest for Present, in whom he sees the possibility of getting to return to the world of the living and starting a life with her after nearly two centuries of service to Marley.
The Ghosts of Christmas Past (played by Sunita Mani, in a fun mid-century-esque kit), and Yet-to-Come (voiced by Tracy Morgan), round out Present’s crew. Present’s work uniform is reminiscent of a Victorian three-piece suit, hinting at his origins.
In the one epic song-and-dance routine that takes place in Victorian London, Present and Clint discover they have a lot more in common than either was willing to admit. The costumes on all the dancers in the background are pretty good, too!
Another pair of really good 1850s dresses on these two. And I’m not a fan of bonnets, but the one on the right is pretty nice!
Hello, yes, I would like one Victorian Ryan Reynolds to go, please.
There’s a lot going on in this scene, but the Bride (Pamela Yasutake) caught my eye immediately. Her dress is outstanding. The dress on the far left is also really good.
Here she is from another angle. Proper bonnets on the bridesmaids!
Give Spirited (2022) a watch if you haven’t already, and tell us what you think in the comments!