For the final entry in this month’s Genre Grandeur – Holiday movies, here’s a review by me of my favorite movie centered around Christmas – Scrooged (1988).
Next month’s genre has been chosen by my good friend Emma of emmakwall (explains it all) and she has chosen the genre of British Thrillers, so send me your reviews of your favorite British Thriller(s) by Jan 25th and I’ll post it. It’s real simple, just send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post it.
Thanks to everyone for their contributions to this month’s Genre Grandeur.
If you missed any of the entries, here they are again:
- Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) – MovieRob
- Joyeux Noel (2005) – Film Grimoire
- Love Actually (2003) Snap Crackle Watch
- Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) – Sidekick Reviews
- Groundhog Day (1993) – MovieRob
- The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) – Tim’s Film Reviews
- The Holiday (2006) – Tranquil Dreams
- The Holiday (2006) – Life of This City Girl
- Scrooged (1988) – MovieRob
Genre Guesstimation – 2 of them are now listed among my favorites in the genre
- Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) ****
- A Very Brady Christmas (1988)
- Miracle of 34th Street (1947) ****
- A Merry Friggin Christmas (2014)
- Love Actually (2003)
- Home For the Holidays (1995)
- Miracle of 34th Street (1994)
Let’s see what I thought about Scrooged (1988)
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 1988, cable, video, DVD, 23 Dec 2006, 13 Jan 2014 and 30 Dec 2014)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A mean TV executive is given a chance to redeem himself on Christmas Eve when he is visited by three ghosts.
My Take on it – I have always been a big fan of modern adaptations of classics.
This movie is a perfect example.
The atmosphere in the movie is extremely light and although the story of Scrooge is a deep and meaningful one, it works so well here as a comedy/drama and still is able to relate to the source material.
The humor and sight gags are perfectly melded with the seriousness of the story.
I remember seeing this in the theater and loved it. I have rewatched it so many times because it is just so much fun.
Bill Murray is the perfect choice for the title character because he knows how to play the fine line between serious and humorous.
This movie has two renditions of the very emotional song Put a Little Love in your heart.
First, here it is in the final scene sung by the cast
and here is the version by Annie Lennox and Al Green that runs over the end credits
This is IMHO the best adaptation of A Christmas Carol!
Bottom Line – The best adaptation of a Christmas Carol IMHO. Murray is amazing as a modern day Scrooge. Great closing song. Highly recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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