Frank Cross is a cynical, mean spirited television executive, he treats his loyal assistant with contempt,he just sacked a member of staff on Christmas Eve for simply disagreeing with him and he’s alienated himself from his brother who still insists on inviting Frank to Christmas dinner despite him refusing to go every other year. However, Frank is forced to learn the true meaning of Christmas when he’s visited by three ghosts.
I just finished watching this film (on TNT) for the countless time. What a fine seasonal offering. It’s so much better than a lot of the pulp and smarmy c*** that passes for Christmas classics.
Bill Murray exclaims at the end of the movie, “I get it now!” Apparently, some folks watched this flick and didn’t get it. The movie is essentially a star turn for Murray, who’s in almost every frame – and that’s fine with me because he can carry a film. Trivial quibbles over the movie’s name and reference to the original work, the lack of faithfulness to the book and other complaints miss the point of the project. While staging a production of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ a TV executive experiences the very same circumstances as one of the characters in the novel. That alone makes it work. A few reviews question the overall harsh tone of the movie, or more specifically, Murray’s role. Frankly, I would not have minded had it been even a little darker. There’s a lot of water to carry in that bucket of trying to measure the callous and thoughtless manner in which some folks act on all but the most treasured of holidays. Murray’s demeanour boils it down into one strong mean spirit and evaporates it with a truly positive and well-wishing finale.