Friday, December 9, 2011

Favorite Scene Friday! Scrooged: Frank's Speech

As Perry Como said, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. It’s easy to get stressed out this time of year, considering all of the planning, shopping, and traveling that comes with this season. It’s important to stop every now and then and appreciate the holidays – call someone you haven’t spoken with in a few years. Sing along to some holiday tunes. Build a snowman, weather permitting.

But forget about all that for right now and watch this scene! It’s from 1988’s Scrooged, my favorite Christmas film. 

Bill Murray, as Frank Cross, spends the whole movie being a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge, an irredeemable prick that’s completely lost touch with humanity. Watch this scene if you need a refresher. Free bonus laughs included.

Something happens to Frank, however. Several encounters with Christmas ghosts show him how he used to be before becoming a scumbag, how his selfishness affects others, and what’s in store for him if he doesn’t change his ways.

Murray’s at his best when he’s playing an ass that finds redemption, and I think it’s because the actor can play a jerk and a wonderful person with equal ease. I love this scene because it’s so rewarding to see Frank completely transformed into a caring person. The speech he gives is totally genuine, and the song that breaks out at the end of the scene says it best – the world really can be a better place if you care about others.

I could understand if some people find Murray a little corny at the end of his speech, but I think it’s great. Bill’s truly a fine actor. And it always warms my heart and gives me goosebumps when little Calvin – Scrooged’s version of Tiny Tim – has his moment. If Frank hadn’t completely found his miracle by then, there was no denying it after hearing Calvin speak.

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  1. its been too long since I saw Scrooged, I think I need to revisit this at Christmas. Bill Murrays always good for a laugh, unless he's voicing a CGI cat

  2. I've never seen this movie, but this scene was great! Definitely one for me to watch I think :)

  3. For some reason I actually did not like this final speech because it was annoying and weird how Murray was just screaming the whole time instead of just being joyous. Still, the film was pretty good itself. Nice post.

  4. @Rodders - I know I will, it's one I love watching every Christmas. That CGI cat is Bill's one regret in life...

    @Ruth - You have to check it out! It's my favorite. Full of great scenes.

    @Dan O. - Good point. I guess the screaming was Frank's holiday spirit.

    @everyone - thanks for reading/watching/commenting!

  5. that creepy guy in the cab always freaks me out ( :
    My favourite Xmas movie is a tie between Gremlins and Santa clause the movie (1985), mayb if I grow up sometime it will change ( ;

  6. @moviesandsongs365 He kinda reminds me of Benicio del Toro...

    I always forget Gremlins is a Christmas film, probably because I've never really seen it all the way through, at least, not that I can remember...

  7. Buster Poindexter! he does look and act like Benicio! Never thought of that till just now. I loved "Scrooged" Kind of an under appreciated Christmas classic.

  8. @MarkusWelby1 - I agree! Gotta watch it every year.