In Review: Spirited (Apple+)

Synopsis: Energetic is a new film available on Apple + that offers a modern version of the classic Christmas tale by Charles Dicken ‘A Christmas Carol’.

The history

In this version of A Christmas Carol. The various ghosts that have been haunting people to redemption for over 200 years are looking for their next ghost. But they seem to be having a hard time finding a new victim. That is until The Ghost of Christmas Present runs into the ruthless PR Man. Clint Briggs, who’s so bad he’s in the book Irredeemable. Present ambitiously suggests that they go after Clint Briggs, but Marley, who is the leader of the Ghosts, initially refuses, saying that they’ve only managed to bring out an Unredeemable once and that it was a pretty tough night. But when Present threatens to withdraw. Marley changes her mind.

What follows is a slightly backwards story as Clint Briggs does his best to prove himself irredeemable for The Ghost of Christmas present. However, Present is convinced that he can make Briggs a good person again.

The acting

First of all. I have to admit I’m not a fan of Will Ferrell usually. So when I praise him for his performance, it’s high praise, as I have a low tolerance for him in almost every other movie. Especially when it comes to comedy. However, Farrell, who is paired with ryan reynolds because most of this movie does it very well. And the twist on who The Ghost of Christmas Present actually works quite well because of how great the partnership between Ferrell and Reynolds is.

octavia spencer has a good role as Briggs’ personal assistant Kimberly, who is sadly underserved by a rather underdeveloped romance story with the Ghost of Christmas Present. I would have liked to see more of Spencer, as she is very easy on the eyes and quite attractive as an actress.


Sadly Spirited is very hit and miss and not particularly safe in its story, which seems to be more of a series of musical numbers and sketch-style comedy than a solid story. It felt very disjointed and the musical numbers, which are fun, just didn’t fit the story of the movie very well. Although it is true that even I had to laugh at the fact that the term “You have a good day” in Dickensian English it is the Victorian way of telling someone to go away. That’s probably the only song that really works. Like it’s still stuck in my head.

General. This movie was more of a miss than a hit for me as the story doesn’t fit quite right. There are some fun ideas and the debate about whether or not people can change for the better is always fun. But unfortunately Spirited fails to deliver the goods.

You better watch The Muppet Christmas Carol or maybe the 1972 Scrooge Musical with Albert Finney. As both interpretations work much better than this.

Spirited is available to watch now if you’re an Apple+ subscriber.

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