Ryan Reynolds Dances His Way to Redemption in Christmas Musical Comedy 'Spirited' - Hope 103.2

Ryan Reynolds Dances His Way to Redemption in Christmas Musical Comedy ‘Spirited’

Inspired by Charles Dickens’ 'A Christmas Carol', this musical tale sees ruthless media consultant Clint Briggs in need of redemption.

By Laura BennettMonday 28 Nov 2022Hope AfternoonsChristmasReading Time: 3 minutes

In the dime-a-dozen era of Christmas movies they can all start to feel very “same-y” after a while: city girl meets country boy, city girl doesn’t initially like country boy, country boy proves his charm and then they both live happily ever after – with a bit of tinsel and maybe baby Jesus thrown in to keep it seasonal.

If you’re finding that wearisome, Spirited is our saving grace from the humdrum.

Inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Spirited is a musical tale that sees Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, Free Guy) star as ruthless media consultant Clint Briggs who Will Ferrell (Elf, Anchorman) seeks to redeem before retiring from his role as the Ghost of Christmas Present. Through much singing and dancing, Clint faces up to his moral misgivings and Present considers the plight of human lives compared to his own.

The soundtrack alone is reason enough to watch Spirited.

Written by the duo behind La La Land and The Greatest Showman, within the first five minutes the energy is high, the band feels big and you’re suddenly aware there’s nothing Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell can’t do – at least when it comes to comedy and dancing.

The soundtrack alone is reason enough to watch Spirited. Written by the duo behind La La Land and The Greatest Showman, within the first five minutes the energy is high, the band feels big.

Bringing these stars together has been the selling point for the movie, but as funny as clips of them behind-the-scenes have been, Spirited’s greatest strength is in the question it asks during the fanfare: are some of us unredeemable?

Present’s boss Jacob Marley is convinced Clint is beyond help. He’s got little confidence Present can turn Clint’s intentions around and make him see the patterns of selfishness and arrogance that are distancing him from the people he loves.

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While Present tries to convince Marley otherwise, Clint is also helping Present reengage with humanity, and see the beauty in some of the messiness that comes with “earthly” life.

Raising the theme of redemption at Christmastime automatically draws the Christian mind to the gift of redemption Jesus’ birth was for all humanity. It began the rolling out of God’s invitation for every one of us to be in relationship with Him – regardless of our past, moral failures or feelings of unworthiness.

Raising the theme of redemption at Christmastime automatically draws the Christian mind to the gift of redemption Jesus’ birth was for all humanity.

We may not sing our way through our emotions and questions like Clint and Present, but like them we can wonder if “betterment” is something we can experience or if we’re the exception. We’re the person who can’t offer the world anything worthwhile.

The same sentiment applies to our belief in others too. Are there people we write off because we just think they’ll never change?

It may not be our responsibility to help someone change – and in some instances it’s healthier if we don’t – but our belief in their capacity to change is important. No one is beyond redemption, even if they choose to reject it.

Spirited is loud and buoyant and fun and has a depth of story that’s become a rarity among Christmas movies releases.

Spirited is streaming on Apple TV now.