Directed By: Sofia Coppola
Written By: Mitch Glazer, Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola
Starring: Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer, Michael Cera, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, Amy Poehler, Jenny Lewis, Chris Rock
Sullywood Rating: 3/10
What the hell did I just watch? What a truly terrible output from two truly talented people in Murray and Coppola. I was extremely excited when this was first announced, and like a kid on Christmas once it was released, I ran to my television and unwrapped A Very Murray Christmas to find…..a heaping pile of coal.
Now before all those Murray worshipers get out their pitchforks and torches, I fully believe I get what they were going for, so don’t come at me with that crap. This was supposed to be more of an anti-Christmas special, Christmas special (did I lose you?). Nothing going right, the host, Murray, wanting to be anywhere else but there, and the fact that hotel staff made up most of the show. I fully get the set up. But the problem is that the “movie” wasn’t particularly funny, which is somewhat wasted when you have Murray as your headliner, and on the flip side, wasn’t even charming.
This lovable loser of a Christmas special, like it was meant to be by the writers, has no charm, no moments I found where you like anything about it. The cast could not have been more stellar, and all of their talents seemed wasted. If anything the show would’ve had a little more charm if everybody besides Murray was a normal hotel staff Joe, and not a celebrity playing a normal person. In fact, the whole celebrity playing themselves or a character was kind of confusing at first. We first see Murray and Shaffer as themselves and as an audience you are invested into believing that celebrities are playing themselves in this movie. Then Amy Poehler walks in and is playing his assistant I think? And now you’re unsure of who is who. The whole thing was just confusing and every celebrities cameo seemed rushed. I don’t doubt that they wrote this…I’ll just say thing…in about 2 hours one night.
The plot itself was perfectly set up. It worked so well for what they were going for. But the execution fell as flat as Murray’s stiff jokes and banter with the rest of the cast. Normally you want the stiff humor of Murray, but it wasn’t natural, which is why Bill Murray is Bill Murray. Another huge wasted opportunity for this movie. After the set up of the special and Murray kicks it off, we get to see around 2 minutes of dialogue and humor between each song. The characters had no chance of any momentum and now we’re just watching a concert performed by actors that aren’t terrible singers, but obviously can’t sing 1/8th of what Michael Buble can.
According to some reports, there were rumors that this might become a yearly thing. Well if that’s the case, the sequel is going to need a Christmas miracle. Bahhhhh humbug!
Was this enjoyable for anybody?