June 9, 2019
For the second time in less than a month a bad idea for a Christmas movie has been announced. Paramount has declared that Kevin Hart will produce and likely star in a remake of 1988’s dark comedic disaster called Scrooged, which originally starred Bill Murray.
Scrooged is just one of many inexplicable takes on Dicken’s A Christmas Carol that ultimately underwhelmed both at the box office and with traditional Christmas audiences.
Murray’s manic performance in what can only be called a joyless take on Christmas remains one of the most bizarre depictions ever of Ebenezer Scrooge.
Unlike A Christmas Story, Scrooged remains an enigma with Christmas audiences, though Paramount now insists it is a “cult classic”.
The film pulled in $60 million at the box office, not even cracking the top ten for that year.
In fact, another film from the same year, Die Hard, argued both then and now about whether it is a Christmas film at all, pulled in more than $80 million. Just a year later Christmas Vacation was made and it grossed $72 million. Why aren’t they trying to remake those two films?
Films of greater Christmas fame such as Home Alone went on to make $285 million and The Santa Clause pulled in $145 million. Scrooged does not even make the top ten.
Scrooged has likewise failed to impress in home media sales and in television replay.
So why then is anyone even considering a remake?
In 2013 Hollywood announced a potential remake of It’s a Wonderful Life, long considered even outside of Christmas circles as one of the best movies ever made. The outcry against a remake was so great the project was shelved.
It might be time to cry out again, folks.
Why can’t Hollywood get Christmas right? In the past decade we have had to endure such lousy offerings such as A Bad Mom’s Christmas, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Office Christmas Party and The Night Before.
Hollywood’s take on Christmas has been simply dreadful.
By Black River Santa
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was born on this day in 1840, in Votkinsk, in the Russian Empire. Though he never played Santa Claus, the score he wrote for the two-act ballet, “The Nutcracker,” adapted from E.T.A. Hoffman’s story, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," is part of our collective Christmas soundtrack, and attending a stage performance is an annual family tradition for many during the holiday season. I know this has to be a @Drosselmeyer favorite!
it's not even out yet and the negative reviews have started...
The Next Really Bad Nutcracker Movie - My Merry Christmas
MYMERRYCHRISTMAS.COM Disney is bringing out their version of The Nutcracker -- and you may want to hide the kids. This is Alice in Wonderland meets the Avengers. I am going to hold judgement on this one. Much like "the Man Who Invented Christmas" I don't think you should go into this movie with preconceptions or expectations. In the recent "Lone Ranger" movie with Johnny Depp, I think folks expected a flat retelling of the old story, not a new interpretation. There was a knee-jerk reaction against it because it wasn't just like the original. This looks to be a new, stylized interpretation of elements of the story. It impresses me as a steampunk fantasy. Of course now you have live action, special effects, and CGI. This is not going to be the traditional recognized ballet....
And by the way, for as much as it is known and loved, the Tchaikovsky hated the Nutcracker - he thought is was meaningless fluff. But remember, the story is a child's fantasy, a dream. Dreams can take different forms. This is somebody's new storyline for the dream. Like it or not - the Avengers are pretty cool right now - why wouldn't the movie industry capitalize on that? if you are an old-school purist you may not like it, but that doesn't make it wrong, it just makes it different. The original Nutcracker had sword battles and cannons and monster mice - pretty intense stuff for its day. This is trying to appeal to the kids of this generation - pretty sure most of them aren't into classical ballet.
I am going to see this movie. The worst is I will have wasted 2 hours on some mindless entertainment. I don't expect to go see the Nutcracker ballet. I have been pleasantly surprised by some movies, disappointed by others. I will hold judgement on this one until after I have seen it...