There’s something about Netflix’s latest trailer for its upcoming holiday special A Very Murray Christmas (written by Mitch Glazer, Bill Murray, and director Sofia Coppola) that is strangely reminiscent to the tone of Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s Lifetime movie, A Deadly Adoption. As advertised, A Very Murray Christmas is an homage to classic variety shows of yonder years. Yet there are Billy Murray and Amy Poehler, and I naturally expect it to be subversive in some way. But now I’m not so sure it is. The teaser trailers only gave us a few short glimpses of Murray being his own exceptional self in Coppola’s project, but this new, full trailer’s familiar holiday soundtrack and jokes are a bit disappointing (even though Murray makes everything better). Is the trailer just misleading? Check it out for yourselves below:
I love most of the people involved in this (Coppola is, in my opinion, one of the greatest underrated directors of a generation), so I trust it. I think. Warily. Because there are some moments of genuine Murray cool, like when the group is desperate to get George Clooney involved in the proceedings, and Michael Cera says with exasperation, “have you seen Monuments Men?” “I was in it,” Murray replies with his trademark deadpan.
Though everything seems to be going wrong for Murray regarding his Christmas production — no thanks to a catastrophic New York City snow storm — I have a feeling it will all turn out ok in the end, and there will be plenty of celebrities to see us, and him, through, including Paul Shaffer, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, the awesome French indie band Phoenix, Rashida Jones, Miley Cyrus, and more. Ultimately, it’s Bill Murray’s world, and we’re just living in it.
A Very Murray Christmas premieres Friday, December 4th on Netflix.