Zemeckis, never prolific, directed a handful of films in the 90s, of those, perhaps his most famous film, was Forrest Gump. The film won Zemeckis an Oscar for directing.
And then over the next ten years it'sbeen all about these CGI animated films (always available in IMAX 3D).
In 2004 it was the animated The Polar Express, also presented in IMAX 3D.
In 2007 it was the less-successful Beowolf, also present in IMAX 3D.
And now 2009 it's A Christmas Carol, again in IMAX 3D.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm sure when it comes to the full package of DVD sales and TV rights down the road, A Christmas Carol is going to be a financially viable and relatively entertaining film. Goodness knows, people don't seem to get sick of the many, many, many adaptation of the Charles Dicken's classic.
And I respect Zemeckis for evolving with the times, he has found a way to make financially viable films for every decade.
But I must admit, the Robert Zemeckis of this decade, who is fascinated with classic stories told bigger than life in a feature-length format with 3D glasses is not the Zemeckis I admire.
Zemeckis created magic with many of his films, but generally this decade his films have been boring sure-beats. Films without risk, creativity, and the type of uniqueness that makes a truly great fresh and modern classic.