Scrooged (1988)

Bill Murray would be the best scrooge of all-time.

Cold-hearted TV exec Bill Murray is about to discover the true meaning of Christmas — the hard way. This wild, woolly spin on Dickens’s A Christmas Carol sees Murray visited by three high-spirited spirits … and while there are laughs aplenty, Murray’s reformation and redemption are immensely powerful.

The film is basically a modern re-telling of the Dickens’s novel A Christmas Carol. We see all things that we have seen in others: how much of a jerk the main character is, three different ghosts, and as always the change at the end of the story.

The film is a basic and humorous take on a lot of the TV industry. There were little inside, ironic jokes that actually did make me laugh. They weren’t forced even if they did seem a little lackluster at points.

I felt at times though it was a bit of a cheap imitation of Murray’s highly other famous film, Ghostbusters. Some jokes are more obvious than others, but once you hear them you will know exactly what the lame reference is. Also, many jokes that happened were funny, but they kept on going on and on with them to the point of where I was just annoyed.

Bill Murray looks like he is having a lot of fun with this film all the way throughout. The ad-libs he uses are funny, and he plays this character that goes through many transitions and doesn’t seem unbelievable at all.

The ending is what had me cringe a lot more than others. In every little Christmas movie there’s always a sweet and poignant little message. That sweet and little message was kind of ruined here, as Murray delivers the final message in a very awkward and shouting way to where you don’t even seem like your having a good time.

Consensus: Not the ideal Christmas film, Scrooged with its style and humor, but features a good lead performance from Murray and at times funny jokes.



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