Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Bobcat Goldthwaite, David Johansen, Robert Mitchum, Carol Kane
Directed by: Richard Donner
Synopsis: A cynically selfish TV executive gets haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.
A classic Bill Murray film, this is a retelling of A Christmas Carol, set in the modern, cut throat world of television. Bill does a fantastic turn as the, frankly, horrible Frank Cross. He may even be more unlikeable than old Ebernezer himself because not only is he a full on “bah humbug” Scrooge, but he is also smarmy, sleazy and calculating to go with it.
There is a lot to enjoy about this movie, especially if you grew up in the eighties watching Ghostbusters etc. It could even be construed as a companion to that film, albeit a Christmas take. I mean, it features Bill Murray, a load of ghosts and a comedy/horror premise, leaning heavily toward the comedy.
Bill Murray obviously steals the show, as he does in pretty much any film before or since. He truly is a disgusting individual in this, taking delight in firing people before Christmas and being nasty to the homeless. Obviously, being a take on A Christmas Carol, we know he turns good in the end, when he sees what will become of his, and every one else’s lives if he doesn’t change.
The supporting cast are all great, Bobcat Goldthwaite, Carol Kane and David Johansen all add some craziness to the proceedings, and Karen Allen adds that touch of beautiful class.
This is definitely a ‘watch every year’ Christmas film, as it suits both Scrooges and Sentimentalists together! Go watch it if you haven’t already. In fact, go watch it if you have!