SCROOGED Saturday 15 December, 2012

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Yet another re-telling of Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. It’s got Bill Murray in it though so it’s obviously awesome.

You may ask yourself if there is actually any need for yet another version of Scrooge’s story. That question is probably for more appropriate for the Zemeckis/Carrey 3D-Mocap-Ker-ching-athon. ‘Scrooged’ is my generation’s definitive version of the tired…sorry, classic, old story. The decision to move the characters out of old London and deposit them into late 80s New York allows a whole new audience to enjoy the story.

Bill Murray plays Frank Cross, an ambitious, ruthless, workaholic, TV executive. Frank Cross is the Scrooge character of this version and Murray’s schtick is perfectly suited. We see him take great joy in firing people, oppress his PA and various underlings and generally be a nasty piece of work. Frank has achieved success but has become cold hearted and cruel. It’s the same story as always. Frank is visited by three ghosts who show him the error of his ways.

Murray is typically brilliant and benefits from a wonderful supporting cast. John Glover is toe-curlingly slimy as the LA producer who is trying to usurp Frank’s job. Equally brilliant is Bobcat Goldthwaite (long before he made a film about dog blowjobs) as the executive who becomes decidedly unhinged once he loses his job. Karen Allen is excellent as the woman left behind and her infectious warmth will melt even the coldest of hearts.

Scrooged is the first part of a compulsory christmas eve movie double bill. Every 24th December I have to watch Scrooged and It’s A Wonderful Life. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without them. If you haven’t seen it I urge you to watch it. It’s the perfect mix of christmas cheer and laughs…and it’s got Bill Murray in it!!!

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