“Robert Zemeckis, put down the motion capture equipment and come out with your hands up! Your days of CGI chicanery have come to an end!” In my dream, that’s how Zemeckis’ reign of terror comes to an end. At this point, I’ll do just about anything to stop him from using this technology ever again (well, anything non-violent at least). What started as an interesting, if not creepy, experiment with The Polar Express and continued with the incredibly creepy and lame Beowulf has moved on to a story that, no matter how many times it’s told, still has emotional resonance for me: d***ens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Well, at least it did. Leave it to Zemeckis, who seems to have made Forrest Gump just to annoy me, to turn a classic holiday story into a cash grab for the Walt Disney Company. This story has been told so many times that most people can recite it word for word. It was probably in need of a fresh retelling, but this isn’t it. This is an amusement park ride masquerading as a morality play. Animation usually allows for more range of facial expressions, but I’ve always found motion capture to feel very flat. This movie is no different, and it’s disappointing that a man like Jim Carrey, who can whose face can transmit 10 different emotions at once, is forced into pretty much one facial expression for the entire film by this supposed technological “advancement.” Why would you hire Jim Carrey if you’re going to put him in a mask? I’d talk about the other actors, the editing, the music, but honestly, I can’t get past the motion capture. I think it’s lame, and it takes away from the story. So step away from the mo-cap, Zemeckis, and go write something good, like Back To The Future IV.