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Movie Review: Spirited * A Fresh Take On Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol – Beautiful Visuals, Great Comedy

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Movie Review: Spirited * A Fresh Take On Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol – Beautiful Visuals, Great Comedy

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. From Director Sean Anders (“Daddy’s Home,” “Instant Family”), written by Sean Anders and John Morris, with original songs by Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”) and production numbers choreographed by Chloe Arnold (“The Late Late Show with James Corden”), this modern retelling is a sweet and spicy holiday treat.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Emma D. comments, “Spirited is a fresh new take on Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol, paired with beautiful visuals and comedy. The film is incredibly entertaining, but misses the mark a bit with the music and storyline.” See her full review below.

Spirited By Emma D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Spirited is a fresh new take on Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol, paired with beautiful visuals and comedy. The film is incredibly entertaining, but misses the mark a bit in regards to the music and storyline.

Spirited follows the story of the Spirit of Christmas Present (Will Ferrel), on his mission to reform Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds) and his heartless ways. With the help of Past (Sunita Mani) and Future (Tracy Morgan), the spirits hatch a plan to teach Briggs about the error of his ways. Through a series of events, Briggs turns the tables on the Spirit of Christmas Present and together they re-examine their past in order to live the lives they always dreamed of.

Spirited is a fun and upbeat film, but the music leaves much to be desired. Ferrel and Reynolds are excellent comedic actors and every scene that they are in together is super entertaining and funny. Although they are great actors, neither of them is particularly musically inclined, so unfortunately, many of their songs and musical numbers fall flat. However, one musical number that I really enjoyed was the “Good Afternoon” scene as it is filled with great choreography and energy, which makes it really fun to watch. The concept of the film is so clever and refreshing, but its downfall is that the plot has a lot of holes in it. There are a lot of plot-lines that are introduced, but never followed up on, which leaves the audience hanging with questions regarding the storyline. Plus, the consequences that Clint Briggs has to his “cancel culture” concept lack impact. Spirited has a lot of jokes relating to current pop culture and news, which makes it lose its timeless quality, as many of the jokes may be funny today but will not make sense for future viewers. It also has a lot of curse words and adult jokes, which makes it a little less family-friendly. The visuals in the film are all beautiful, especially in the scenes with the Spirits and their office and also in the “transitions.”

Spirited addresses the negative impacts of social media and finding yourself. The scenes regarding social media and cyberbullying are very impactful, especially for teenagers and younger audiences. Parents should be aware that the film has a lot of curse words and adult jokes, which may be inappropriate for younger viewers.

I give Spirited 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It is available now in select theaters and will be available on Apple TV+ beginning November 18, 2022.


Leaders: Want to Increase Your Score? Tune Up to Success!

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Cheryl Esposito welcomes Freddie Ravel, Grammy-winning producer and jazz keyboardist. His concert performances, productions & recordings span three decades across six continents with icons Sergio Mendes, Al Jarreau, Madonna, Prince, Quincy Jones, the Boston Pops, & Carlos Santana.

Captivated by music since age 5, he trained as a youth, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in music, & began performing worldwide with Brazilian master Sergio Mendes by age 23. His career soared & he experienced the power of music to affect the energy of the human spirit around the world.

Today the challenges in leadership, collaboration, & time are huge. Using music as a lens to view business, he created “Tune Up To Success!”, “Business Harmonics” and “Human Harmonics,” peak performance systems to enhance leadership, innovation & collaboration, with rave reviews from Apple, NASA, Citi.

Your leadership score isn’t a number. It’s the result of your ability to influence the melody, harmony, & rhythm of your organization to create great music – the score. Can you use actual music to learn how to do this? Yes! Want to know how to unlock people’s greatest potential to create your score? Join Cheryl Esposito & Freddie Ravel Friday 7/24/15 @ 10 a.m. on ‘Leading Conversations‘ to “Tune Up To Success!”

Artificial intelligence with Dr. Steve Omohundro plus Body Shaming

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with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices ofBe the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.

Google, IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Baidu, Foxconn, and others have recently made multi-billion dollar investments in artificial intelligence and robotics. Some of these investments are aimed at increasing productivity and enhancing coordination and cooperation. Others are aimed at creating strategic gains in competitive interactions. This is creating “arms races” in high-frequency trading, cyber warfare, drone warfare, stealth technology, surveillance systems, and missile warfare.
Cynthia Brian finds out what ASI is and how it will affect our world with scientist, author, entrepreneur, professor, and expert on artificial super intelligence, Dr. Steve Omohundro.

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Fat shaming has been a #hashtag topic of conversation with people posting negative comments on social media about people’s body. Now the new trend is skinny shaming. In Health Matters, Heather Brittany tackles way to stop the cyber-bullying and harmful judging.


Guest Bio:Steve Omohundro has been a scientist, professor, author, software architect, and entrepreneur doing research that explores the interface between mind and matter. He has degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Stanford and a Ph.D. in Physics from U.C. Berkeley. He was a computer science professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and cofounded the Center for Complex Systems Research. He published the book “Geometric Perturbation Theory in Physics”, designed the programming languages StarLisp and Sather, wrote the 3D graphics system for Mathematica, and built systems which learn to read lips, control robots, and induce grammars. He is president of both Possibility Research and Self-Aware Systems, a think tank working to ensure that intelligent technologies have a positive impact. His work on positive intelligent technologies was featured in James Barrat’s book “Our Final Invention” and has generated international interest. He serves on the advisory boards of the Cryptocurrency Research Group, the Institute for Blockchain Studies, and Pebble Cryptocurrency.

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