Directed by: Tommy Avallone
You’ve heard the stories about Bill Murray, right? The one where he gatecrashes a party or the time he bartended in a random pub. The internet is awash with random Bill Murray moments that are so bizarre that they can’t possibly all be true. This documentary follows Tommy Avallone in his quest to find out if the stories behind the myths are true and if so, what makes one of the most famous and funniest men alive do them.
I’m sure there isn’t a man, woman or child living today that hasn’t seen at least one Bill Murray film (the younger ones may have seen Garfield!). He has been famous and in the public eye for over 40 years. He has been making us laugh since he hit the big time on ‘Saturday Night Live’, then ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Groundhog Day’ and on to his more serious side in ‘Lost In Translation‘. Over the years pictures, videos and stories have surfaced on the internet of Bill Murray’s antics. They range from normal everyday stuff (signing autographs, pictures etc) to some out of the ordinary behaviour, then to the downright unbelievable. Tommy Avallone is clearly a massive fan of Murray, he gushes over the man to almost a saint-like level. All his interviews with the witnesses to Murray’s stories talk highly of the actor and it seems being in his company is something truly very special. Each story is fun and entertaining.
Watching this documentary was an easy experience, never does it fail to put a smile on your face, much like the man himself. What really would have been interesting is a look into Murray’s past and what makes him do the things he does. Avallone puts his points across as he delves into Murray’s acting background and his comedy routes, but what about his personal life? Bill Murray is notorious for being a bit difficult and falling out with his co-stars. Murray and Harold Ramis didn’t speak for years. He has had a few wives and has a number of children. Maybe that has some effect on his erratic behaviour. Or maybe he is just a bit lonely and wants some company. This is all a bit one-sided and doesn’t do enough to paint a complete picture to the reasons why he does what he does.
‘The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man‘ is a film for Bill Murray fans. It is an easy 70-minute watch which is a light-hearted look into a very funny man. If you wanted to really get to know Bill Murray then this isn’t the film for you. On the plus side, it has a very positive message and will leave you asking yourself – ‘What would Bill Murray do?’