Home For the Holidays
I must have watched Apple’s holiday commercial 100 times, and it still brings a tear to my eye.
The brilliant actor-comedian Brad Garrett — so funny onstage, so incredibly talented and improvisational, yet so delightfully wicked in the occasional film and TV role — reveals a lesser-known much softer side as the town’s spooky outcast.
Garrett, dubbed “Frankie” for his Frankenstein-like features, lives a Grinch-like existence secluded high away in the mountains surrounding the quaint village filled with holiday cheer. One night during the holiday season, Frankie decides he wants to join the local townsfolk down in the village and be part of the festivities. So, he prepares for this special moment and even rehearses a favorite Christmas song which he tries to sing. Yet when Frankie enters the town square, he’s met with fear and rejection. “Go home,” someone shouts from the crowd.
Hope seems lost. Then, out of nowhere, he’s saved by a brave little girl who refuses to go along with popular opinion.
The rest of the story — well, watch for yourself.
Rarely does a television commercial designed to sell products purely for profit cross from marketing and manipulation into the artistic. Apple has somehow managed to do not just that, but also to inspire and remind us of the true meaning of the season. Open your heart to everyone.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.