Note: Originally written in June 2015.
What would you do if you had to live the same day for the rest of your lives? Woven excellently around this question, "Groundhog Day" delicately balances pedagogy with wit and humor. And it has a frontman who is an ace at that very art. Bill Murray is one of those very few actors who can look sad and come off as funny, and be happy and come off as pitiful, at the same time. The way this actor handles nuance is greatly accomplished, as is seen quite later in his other flick "Lost in Translation". Quite like Sofia Coppola, Harold Ramis creates a unique atmosphere for this flick, aided greatly by its quaint mid-western setting and the plethora of characters that come with it. Below this superficial and unique setting is the endearing question or rather a wishful scenario that everyone aspires in life. To be able to predict and control the whims and fancies of Life. And the film charmingly presents all the wonderful consequences and predicaments that follow. It drives the protagonist to dangerous lengths of boredom and a suicidal tendency, highlighting how we all thrive on the unpredictability of life. Or probably, the fact that we're all just trying to live out our terrible days, in hope of better times to come. And then, the flick presents a nicer alternative, of knowing situations and scenarios so as to make the day slightly better for others. Or to court the same woman in myriad ways every day. Or to begin enjoying the many moments and not wait for time to pass. So what would yo do if you had to live the same day for the rest of your life?
Check out more about the flick at IMDB and Letterboxd.
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