When it comes to funny business, Bill Murray is the chariman of the board. JB Hi-Fi has curated a range of his best, all of which are guaranteed to put a big smile on your dial. Here’s STACK‘s selection of all-time Murray favourites…
The Bill Murray that we all know and love got star billing for the first time, in this wild summer camp romp from Ivan Reitman. Murray is head camp counsellor Tripper Harrison, and when it comes to rules, he’s quite literally torn up the book. Cue a bunch of prank pulling and over-the-top shenanigans as the camp, perennial losers at the Camp Olympics each year, try to pull off something special.
What sort of training? Army training, sir! Murray teamed with Ivan Reitman once again for this riotous, eminently quotable comedy, which also features Harold Ramis and John Candy. Murray’s John loses his girlfriend, his flat, his job and his car all in one day, so what’s he to do? He decides that he may as well go and join the army – after all, how bad could it be?
When it comes to all-time classics, Ghostbusters rates right up there with the best of them. Ivan Reitman strikes again, as Murray plays parapsychologist and head Ghostbuster Peter Venkman. It’s Murray at his cynical, sarcastic yet somehow lovable best, as he and his colleagues save New York City from all manner of ghoulish entities – and a really bloody big marshmallow man!
Most actors are lucky if they star in one all-time classic, but this is yet another with Murray at the fore. Directed by Harold Ramis, it’s the tale of a smart-alec weather reporter who lives the same day over and over again. Most actors are lucky if they star in one all-time classic, but this is yet another with Murray at the fore. Directed by Harold Ramis, it’s the tale of a smart-alec weather reporter who lives the same day over and over again…
LOST IN TRANSLATION
A somewhat more subtle comedic role for Murray, he steps into the shoes of fading actor Bob Harris in this Sofia Coppola film. In Tokyo for an ad shoot, Bob’s feeling somewhat lost, both in the city and in his life. He runs into a young uni grad (Scarlett Johansson) staying at his hotel who is in much the same situation, and they take on Tokyo together in a melancholic treat of a film.
Mad cow disease mutated into mad person disease, and now there’s not a lot of humanity left that isn’t zombified. This is the tale of four unaffected types – a Twinkie-craving redneck, a reserved uni student and a pair of resourceful sisters – and their quest to cross the USA for the haven of an apparently zombie-free amusement park. They may even encounter Bill Murray along the way…
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Murray joins the sort of incredible ensemble cast that only Wes Anderson could assemble, in a time-flipping story of a hotel concierge that plays out much like a hybrid of Willy Wonka and Basil Fawlty let loose in an Agatha Christie-like world. It’s a wickedly humorous and beautifully colourful (both visually and in its writing) ode to ageing, loyalty and lost grandness.
ISLE OF DOGS
So, he’s a dog! This stop-motion animated Wes Anderson tale tells of a boy named Atari, his dog Spots and a whole lot of politics – ancient cat and dog politics. Murray gives voice to a mutt named Boss, the mascot of the Megasaki Dragons little league baseball team. This charmingly off-kilter story really has a whole lot of love to give.
THE DEAD DON’T DIE
Bill Murray is at his droll best as sleepy rural town Centreville, USA police chief Cliff Robertson in this Jim Jarmusch zom-com that really puts the dead in deadpan. Murray shares cop duties with Adam Driver in a wonderful double act, as a zombie outbreak is met with surprising indifference by the residents of the town.