I managed to get two films in today but I promised Scrooged so Scrooged it is. It’s strange that for the past 2 days we’ve had variations on A Christmas Carol but neither have been a standard version (It’s a Wonderful Life is a Christmas Carol only with a just man). The film is a basic classic story updated for the modern day. Instead of Scrooge we have Frank Cross, Television Executive being a miserable bastard. The film isn’t perfect and suffers from a lot of bad jokes but I still love this film. The best parts of it are the moments that we see into the Live Scrooge they are presenting on Christmas Eve. I love the idea of Buddy Hackett playing Scrooge and the Solid Gold dancers having anything to with it (the seem to only be there in the movie).
This isn’t the best Christmas comedy (A Christmas Story comes to mind) but no matter how many times I see A Christmas Carol, there is something that pulls my heartstrings. This version is nice because it pokes fun at the TV culture that is so ubiquitous, sadly as time passes this film becomes more and more dated, and I think most of its charm is lost the younger generations (some on myself). It might be nice to see another revision like this since the film came out almost 20 years ago. Good night and see you tomorrow when I talk about Tokyo Godfathers and get another hole punched on my anime card (yes, I’ve never seen it before).