Adam Jensen: Bill Murray’s ‘Scrooged’ hits the holiday marks
I typically devote this space to something local: Local happenings, local conditions, local whatever.
But catching the 1988 classic “Scrooged” on TV the other night has sent me off the reservation.
It may not be “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but the updated, comedic take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” featuring Billy Murray as ruthless, Scrooge-like TV executive Frank Cross is a slightly under-appreciated gem that stands up to modern classics like “A Christmas Story,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Elf.”
Maybe it caught me at a sentimental moment, but I got a little misty when Murray lets in the holiday spirit and gives an impassioned speech about the holidays.
“It’s Christmas Eve! It’s… it’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we… we… we smile a little easier, we… w-w-we… we… we cheer a little more,” Murray says during the speech. “For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be!
“…It can happen every day, you’ve just got to want that feeling. And if you like it and you want it, you’ll get greedy for it! You’ll want it every day of your life and it can happen to you. I believe in it now! I believe it’s going to happen to me now! I’m ready for it! And it’s great! It’s a good feeling, it’s really better than I’ve felt in a long time. I, I, I’m ready. Have a Merry Christmas, everybody.”
It’s not a speech totally devoid of 1980s cheese, but it’s Bill Murray at his best, and it does touch on what makes the holidays such a great time of year. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
I guess what also has movies on my mind is that watching “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is a Christmas tradition at my parents’ house. Even my mom can recite lines by heart. After all these years it still causes belly laughs from everyone, which is really what the holidays are all about — having good times with the people you love. Watching “Christmas Vacation” is a silly tradition, but it certainly brings out the holiday spirit in everyone.
Now for the local bit. There is a ton going on this week, the skiing and snowboarding should be great and it’ll be hard not to have a good time at Lake Tahoe. Whatever your holiday traditions are, have fun and take some time to appreciate the season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Adam Jensen is the editor of Lake Tahoe Action. he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.