Find the holiday spirit again with new film “Spirited”

The new holiday film Spirited is filled with cheer.

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The new holiday film “Spirited” is filled with cheer.

Emma Eischeid, Staff Writer

The Christmas season is here and that means it’s time to find the holiday spirit again, and what better way than watching a holiday film. The recently released movie “Spirited,” starring Ryan Reynolds (Clint Briggs) and Will Ferrell (The Ghost of Christmas Present/Ebenezer Scrooge), is funny, lighthearted and filled to the brim with holiday cheer. “Spirited” is rated 70% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.6/10 on IMDb. By being PG-13, this movie is enjoyable for the whole family. 

Based on the classic story “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, the musical “Spirited” keeps the morals and meaning of the original story while adding a modern twist and a great deal of humor and singing. 

The film starts out with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future selecting who they want to change this year. Eventually, Briggs is chosen as the person, although he is marked as “unredeemable.” Despite this, the ghost of Christmas Present, who used to be Ebenezer Scrooge is determined to help Briggs change and become a better person. 

Throughout the movie, the ghosts take Briggs to multiple times in his past, present and even future to show him times where he could have done better. The ghosts also show him what consequences his actions may cause, but Briggs is given a chance to change and become a better person, making his decisions have happier outcomes. 

Even though this movie has an intense underlying message, “Spirited” has tons of comedic relief to help lighten the mood and adds all kinds of holiday joy. Touches of sarcasm, jokes and more makes this festive film enjoyable and entertaining. For example, they travel back in time when saying “good afternoon” to someone was considered rude. Briggs thinks that this is hilarious and starts saying it to people all around the town. Eventually, everyone in the town is saying “good afternoon” to each other, turning the town into comedic chaos. 

All in all, I really enjoyed watching “Spirited.” From the plot, the cast and the true meaning, this movie was definitely one I would watch again. With skillful acting and good morals behind it, “Spirited” is certainly a new Christmas movie worthy of praise. Packed to the brim with holiday cheer, I would recommend this to anyone searching for something new and festive to watch with family and friends. 

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