Patrick Stewart stars in Christmas Eve, a new independent light-hearted Christmas comedy story of six groups of New Yorkers who become trapped in elevators over Christmas Eve night.
Patrick Stewart fans will no doubt remember his iconic role as Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and will be happy to know that Stewart brings plenty of that regal Scrooge-ness to his role in Christmas Eve.
The film is currently in only limited release (I saw an exclusive screening in Alexandria, Virginia) but could get picked up for broader distribution in theaters, TV, or the Internet.
Set in New York City, the film tells the stories of various characters as they become trapped in six different elevators on the night before Christmas – and of course all have the kind of amazing cathartic experiences that can only happen in movies when you’re trapped in elevator with strangers.
Christmas Eve looks surprisingly good considering how cheaply it must have been made. Since all of the different groups of characters are silo-ed in their respective elevators, the filmmakers didn’t need to come up with a complicated shooting schedule. Indeed, most of Stewart’s scenes are just him – he probably shot them all in one day.
The ensemble cast of mostly unknowns also features Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), James Roday (the guy from Psych), Gary Cole (the boss from Office Space) and Cheryl Hines (Larry David’s wife on Curb Your Enthusiasm).
Christmas Eve is directed by Mitch Davis, who co-wrote it with Tyler McKellar, and co-produced it with Larry King. (King is of course most notable for his cameo in Ghostbusters and his 50 years in radio and television journalism.)
I give the film 3 out of 4 lights. (Is that OK to make that joke twice in one article?)