‘Scrooge: A Christmas Carol’ Ending Explained: How Does Mr. Scrooge Change for the Better?

Welcome to the Ending Explained for Scrooge: A Christmas Carol. The film is the latest adaptation of the classic tale by Charles Dickens. The film tells the story of Mr. Scrooge, the already mythical Christmas hater, and how he is visited by three spirits that represent the past, present, and future of Scrooge’s life. From there, Scrooge will learn lessons that he will need to apply to himself if he wants to live a good life for what little time he has left. This new Netflix version of the tale is the same one we all know and love.

The movie is directed by Stephen Donnelly and stars Luke Evans, Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, and Johnny Flynn. The movie is produced using 3D animation, and while it isn’t the pinnacle of the medium, it does look very good. The voice actors also do a great job, especially because the movie asks them to sing a lot of songs, and while some have better voices than others, it is great for those that love musicals. The film does not make any changes to the tale, so its existence only serves to keep the tale alive in the minds of a new generation of viewers.

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The following paragraphs contain spoilers for Scrooge: A Christmas Carol. Read at your own risk.

Why Is Scrooge Being Visited By The Spirits?

The movie starts with the introduction of our main character, Mr. Scrooge, who runs a savings and loans office in town. Scrooge is feared and despised in the town. He has made all sorts of enemies by being greedy and not helping people when he is able to. He is really the ultimate version of the grumpy old man. His only friend, Jacob, has died, and he is seemly the only person he remembers fondly. He admired Jacob’s determination when it came to business.

We also get introduced to Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s only employee and the only person in town who barely sees Scrooge as an actual human being. Everybody else looks at the old man as a real monster. When Christmas Eve is coming, and Scrooge doesn’t pay Cratchit fully for taking Christmas night as a free day, it seems Scrooge has hit rock bottom. Cratchit begs for his full wage, works endless hours, and he has stuck by Scrooge when everyone else has abandoned him.

Not even the fact the Cratchit son, Tiny Tim, is sick and needs his medicine to survive melts the ice hear of the old man. So that night, as Scrooge gets himself ready to go to bed, he is visited by the spirit of his former business partner, Jacob. He warns Scrooge that he is in hell, chained by chains of greed, chains that he forged himself in life. Jacob tells Scrooge that he will be visited by three spirits that night and that he must learn from them before it is too late. Scrooge doesn’t believe it and thinks he just had a nightmare, but exactly at 1 AM that night, the first spirit reveals itself to Scrooge.

How Does Mr. Scrooge Change For The Better?

The spirits visit Scrooge one by one, and the first to reveal herself is one that calls herself, Past. She gives Scrooge a tour of his past, and we see that Scrooge isn’t always so grumpy and greedy. He was once, a long time ago, a good person. We see how Scrooge had a very good relationship with his first employer, how he started to work at very little to help her mother and sister, and how he was even able to love and have a fiancée. Sadly, life took all those things away from him, and he became bitter. When he sees Belle, his fiancée, disgusted at who he has become, he begs for release.

Next, he is taken by a spirit named, Present, and with him, Scrooge visits the market, where people get ready to celebrate the holy night. Present takes Scrooge to Cratchit’s house, and he is introduced to Cratchit’s son, Tiny Tim. Tim is loveable and full of energy, but he is sick. The spirit informs Scrooge that the boy will die if things don’t change for the family. Scrooge is baffled, and he starts seeing that he might be the cause of the boy’s death in the future. Present leaves, leaving Scrooge with another spirit, a dark one named Future.

Future takes Scrooge to years in the future when Scrooge is already dead, but also Tiny Tim. Cratchit mourns the death of his young son, and the town feels joy at Scrooge being dead and celebrates it with joy. Scrooge sees that it is his turn to visit the grave and begs the future not to take him but to let him save Tiny Tim, even if he is already doomed. This selfish action makes Scrooge wake up in his bed on Christmas morning. Scrooge celebrates he was given another chance and writes letters and sends them.

The people accept Scrooge’s invitation. Among them are people from the town who were in debt with Scrooge, and he cancels those debts. He invites his nephew and reconciles with him, as he is the only family Scrooge still has, and he offers Cratchit to be his new business partner. Every awful outcome from Scrooge’s greed is turned around, and the old man begins a new age in his life, knowing that he will have friends and leave a legacy after he is gone.

  • Nelson loves all things related to storytelling. He has spent most of his life studying narrative, applied across all mediums; film, TV, books, and video games. Mulholland Drive is his favorite film.