Sunday, February 1, 2015
290 of 1001 Movies: Groundhog Day (1993)
Summary: Phil is a weatherman, who is moving on to bigger and better things after he fulfills his last day on the job after covering Groundhog Day. He also sadly has the same name as the groundhog he is covering. Phil will find out this isn't his last day on the job after he wakes up to find it is the same day again and again. With no help from his fell crew, Rita and Larry, he decides to make the most of his days on repeat, including trying to pursue a relationship with Rita. The ultimate question is Phil trapped to repeat everyday, or is there a way out of it?
Bill Murray is also the only guy who could play Phil. He's a very unlikable guy, but Murray has us relating and feeling like him. He does everything that a person would do or imagine doing if this happened.
The direction of the movie is good though, and Ramis keeps it moving so it never can boring. At first I was a bit baffled by the silly humor, and the sudden change of events, but it works because Ramis never gives us too long to focus on it, and more so directions our attention to the purpose of the movie. This guy ultimately has to learn to live in the moment without the next big thing to happen he's looking toward.
If you're at home this Groundhog's Day then you might want to grab this movie. It feels like the long months after Christmas in the winter, when you're waiting on spring.