It’s December and you all know what that means, elves, holly, snow, Jolly old Saint Nick, and of course, presents. It’s the Christmas season and what a better way to celebrate than to talk about my very favorite Christmas films of my youth.
Now, if you’ve been reading my blog you should already have an idea that these movies will not be filled with jingle bells and animated reindeer, oh no, these are MY Christmas films, the ones that I love. Our first entry this month, SCROOGED.
Today’s Key Movie:
Directed by Richard Donner himself, Scrooged is a brilliant retelling of the classic story, A Christmas Carol. Instead of Ebenezer Scrooge, we get the amazing Bill Murray (in his prime) as Frank Cross, a television mogul who tolerates the holidays for one reason and one reason only, money.
In the film Frank Cross is an evil man. He is currently working on the production of the very story this movie is based on and he is relentless about it. He fires people on a whim just before Christmas and watches in glee as they are ejected from the building. He sends unthoughtful gifts to his family via company funds, he steals cabs from old ladies, he only cares about what is best for Frank Cross, and he staples reindeer horns on mice!!! (okay, he suggests it but he was serious!)
Just before Christmas he is visited by Three Ghosts. David Johansen plays the Ghost of Christmas Past as a time travelling cab driver who is crass and grumpy. Carol Kane plays the Ghost of Christmas present as a nut-ball fairy who is as phenomenal as she is clumsy. I could go on but seriously, you know the story but this is done in such a classic Bill Murray way that it is just pure genius. (wow do you think i like this one?) A little bit horror, a lot bit comedy, this is the perfect Christmas film.
Why this movie?
Bill Murray. In His Prime.
Okay, there is more but really, do I need more? Bill Freakin Murray in the 80’s was perfect in nearly everything he did. He was just plain awesome.
Not only is Bill in this but also such amazing actors as Bobcat Goldthwait, John Forsyth, Karen Allen, Robert Mitchum, Carol Kane, Jamie Farr, David Johansen, and even Lee Majors AS LEE MAJORS! Yeah, its an awesome cast.
How did this translate to real life?
I got nothing, it’s just a really cool Christmas themed film. I’ve watched this so many times I have lost count. You should too.
I mean, I read A Christmas Carol as a kid and seriously, this is the finest modern retelling to date. Yeah, even better than the Muppet Christmas Carol.
Okay, you like this film, but is it really a ‘good film’?
It is amazing. It has aged very well and is an annual must see for me. Everything about this film is spot on. The actors are terrific, the script holds up, and the score is freakin amazing. Two guesses as to who it’s by… It was an 80’s film… Danny. Elfman. Yeah. and talking about another man in his prime, this is one of Danny Elfman’s most under appreciated scores. It is so very good. Subtle and scary and energetic, yeah it is Elfman and it is good.
OK, where do I get this movie?
Seriously, you don’t already have it. ugh…. well let’s fix that. You can get it pretty much anywhere but HERE is a link to to Target, it’s only $10.
Do yourself a favor and get yourself a Christmas present, this is a good one. Trust me, it’s better than two pounds of veal.
Sorry this review was so short but really, do you need 1000 word of my telling you how much I love this film. Get it, Yule Love it too!
The trailer as always:
Thank you for reading today. I hope you enjoyed the review. If you would like to read more reviews I have a weekly series called Key Movies Of My Life that comes out every Wednesday and also a complete review of Star Trek Discovery. Be sure to check out our contributor Darkmovienight with the New Movie Reviews every Sunday.
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