Challenge Day 2 and 3: A Favorite Of Mine And One Where I Expand My Horizons

Posted on 28 November 2011 by DM

Day 2: Scrooged

Bill Fucking Murray.  What more need I say?  This, in my opinion, is by far Bill Murray’s best role.  There is not one part of this film that he phones in and he definitely shows the emotional maturity that his acting would take on in more serious future roles. This more modern take on the classic A Christmas Carol gives us a darker comedic version of a classically serious story. Every time I watch the movie, I want to not take it seriously.  Christmas past as a cab driver? Christmas Present as a deranged fairy with violent tendencies? Bobcat Goldthwait?! Scrooged always manages to suck me in though.

Taken on a journey where the comedic miser Francis Xavier Cross learns that it is never too late to change and be a better man, we take a journey of our own that reminds us that Christmas is more than a day that we get presents on; it is also a chance to be a better person.

Day 3: Tokyo Godfathers

This was a gem I would have never found without this year’s Christmas Challenge. I owe Vincenzo a debt of thanks for putting this on the Calendar and so do you if you are trying to follow along. Tokyo Godfathers is an animated film that, as the best Christmas films do, only peripherally mentions Christmas.  Instead, the focus is on a trio of homeless people, a transvestite, a middle-aged drunk, and a bitter young runaway respectively, who find a newborn baby on Christmas.  The rest of the movie follows them as they struggle to care for the infant and figure out what the right thing to do is.  Coincidence is the alternative name of this film as serendipity strikes the three for better and worse allowing them some closure on their former lives as well as helping them on their journey.  Do yourself a favor and watch this film this Christmas season.

DM
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