The spirits will move you in odd and hysterical ways.
Frank Cross runs a US TV station which is planning a live adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol. Frank's childhood wasn't a particularly pleasant one, and so he doesn't really appreciate the Christmas spirit. With the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Frank realizes he must change.
Late, late night viewing and I'm glad as I always watch this at some point during Christmas and was afraid I wasn't going to get to it this year.
And I just realized it's my 25th anniversary. From the first time I saw it in '88 till now it has been twenty-five viewings, one each year.
I just love it and not because it's a Christmas movie as I don't really care much for the holiday. No, I love it because it is hilarious. It has one of film's most unique comedians doing what he does best, being a complete and utter bastard. Murray's dead pan delivery of insults matched with his absurd…
I couldn't think of a better way to kick off my Christmas film viewing than with this 1988 holiday classic featuring the wonderful Bill Murray. A hilarious take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," that still holds up for me after all this time.
Oh, and I'm still waiting for the release of "the Night the Reindeer Died." It's gonna be badass.
Around Christmas time I tried watching it on a DVD copy I owned, but half way into it the movie froze and wouldn't play beyond a certain point. Turns out it was scratched to hell. I'm pretty sure this was one of the DVDs I bought at one of the Blockbusters that was shutting down a few years ago.
I was surprised to see yesterday that it was streaming on Netflix and happily watched it even it was well past Christmas time. Bill Murray is king and put a little love in my heart.
Two of my favourite things in life, Christmas and Bill Murray.
First time watch for me, and I never knew what I was missing. I loved it! Bill Murray is outstanding. I loved that it was funny, touching and dark all together. I think ghost of Christmas present is my favorite. I have to admit, I got a little misty when the kid finally spoke, which proves that this is a film that works. Definitely going in my collection.
Bill Murray once was in a modern adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Sometimes you just gotta take a moment to stop and think about the good things in life.
There's plenty of poor or lackluster adaptations of the classic Christmas story out there, but thankfully Richard Donner and Murray's take on the material isn't one of this.
The film's carried by great performances from Murray, Karen Allen, and Bobcat Goldthwait who's continuously unlucky Eliot Loudermilk almost steals the film from its star. It does take a while to get going (some of the pre-ghosts gags don't hold up as well), but once the first ghost arrive, the film kicks into high gear.
Scrooged is a holiday film that I'm sure I'll find myself returning to each Christmas.
DAY 4 - #25DaysOfChristmas
Time to get into the holiday spirit!
Bill Murray being Bill Murray in a modern version of "A Christmas Carol", what can go wrong?
I'm a sucker for this movie. This is my "A Christmas Carol". Bill Murray was riding a great wave of great comedies and I think this one got lost in the shuffle. Thankfully, over time, it's gotten more recognition. It has a minor flaw of having an uneven time at times. It's not sure how dark it wants to go and the film suffers a small bit for it. But it's no deal breaker. I challenge anyone to not be uplifted by the ending. If you aren't, take stock in your life, because something is broken! One of my favorite modern Christmas
One of my favorite Christmas movies (closely behind A Christmas Story and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation). I miss the days of Bill Murray. He's so funny.
What more do you need?
You put Bill Murray and revisionist Charles Dickens together and you have a match made in Heaven, right? You betcha. Not only is it hilarious in a number of ways - chiefly because of Bill Murray's performance - it took the original material and made it interesting with the changes in setting and plot structure. The story is still much the same, but it plays quite well with the original novel while also doing a great job at being a solid adaptation. I believe that an adaptation should try to capture the spirit of its source and add a new spin on such material, and Scrooged succeeded at that to the upmost.
Now if only we could actually get "The Night The Reindeer Died" produced. That would be amazing.
Bill Murray's innate ability to fuse tragedy and comedy are never better showcased than in his barnstorming final speech from Scrooged. I'm laughing, I'm crying, I'm laughing again. Richard Donner lets Murray do his thing and ends up with a brilliant film, and a new holiday classic for me.
I ordered this on the internet almost a year ago, thinking I would receive it before christmas. I hadn't seen this since I was a kid, and remembered I loved it back then. Sadly, it didn't arrive until january, so I had to wait almost a year to see it.
It was worth the wait! Bill Murray is brilliant as always (of course!), and even though there aren't too many tear jerking moments here, I ended up crying like a sonofabitch at the end.
December is ON! YES!
What's better than Bill Murray being funny and an asshole at the same time? Nothing.
A modern (80's) retelling of the classic Christmas tale; Bill Murray plays Frank Cross, a bastard boss at a television network who only ever thinks of himself, until he's visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Set during a live broadcast on Christmas Eve, Frank's life is thrown into chaos when he sees himself for who he really is. Also starring Karen Allen and Bobcat Goldthwait, this film is one that gets pulled out and enjoyed every year.