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Scrooge Goes Modern
on 28 April 2015
Another welcome spin on a Christmas classic, this time featuring the dead-pan, tiresome and insulting genius that is Bill Murray as our new 'Scrooge', Frank Cross, who maintains a straight-face as he bounces from sequence to sequence in a mad-cap, brutal and crude interpretation that is a perfect alternate festive film for the "darker, more mature" fans.
While not full of bad language and sex/violence, this does deal with topics like alcholoics, suicide, homelessness and other festive fun! Murray steals the show as no matter what surreal or comical situation he is placed in, be it facing off against a violent Christmas ghost, dressing up in a dog suit or giving a heartfelt monologue to the audience, he delivers it all with a straight-face; enjoying the moments he can be a bastard to children and the elderly, and revelling in the moments he can be likeable and loving, which he does very well.
With a good supporting cast, a haunting Tim Burton-esque soundtrack to accompany this darker tale of 'A Christmas Carol', the gags are plenty, but played more for black comedy rather than silly slapstick over the 90mins runtime.
Definitely a Christmas classic for the ages, showing the funnier, darker side to Christmas.