Patrick Stewart’s one-man dramatic reading defines “A Christmas Carol” for me. It’s the media adaptation that gets straight to the heart of the original: his version makes it crystal clear that we’re meant to cheer Scrooge on. Yes, indeed, we are. Or we’re meant to, anyway, as the story progresses.
Could we even say that Scrooge is the hero of “A Christmas Carol”? Hmm. It depends on whether or not you think it’s heroic to rescue yourself, as opposed to saving Lois Lane, Marion Ravenwood, or Christmas.