Scrooged, the 1988 modern day-retelling of Dickens’ old classic, about Frank Cross (Bill Murray) a TV-exec who is, just like in the book, given the chance for redemption by being visited by three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
The movie stands pretty firmly on its source material but takes a few liberties with the story, mainly due to it being set in the modern era (the modern era of the 80’s, that is). Sure, this “new” story isn’t as appealing as the original but it works in the longrun, being a fun experience for the whole family. And boy, is Bill Murray great, but that’s pretty much a given…
Seeing as I’m a bit behind on my dailys, I’m gonna make these next few reviews short and sweet so I’ll be able to catch up, so to sum this film up; Bill Murray as the Scrooge-esque Frank Cross is fantastic. The basic story is a little different than Dickens’ classic but it works as a fun familytime film. But how does it hold up at Christmas? Well, personally I wouldn’t recommend it. This movie works just as well on Christmas eve as it does in the middle of june, so it’s a no-go on my “Christmas must watch” list.
Next up, I’ll be taking a look on A Christmas Story, so tune in again later. But until then….