#25 Groundhog Day (1993)

#25 Groundhog Day (1993)

I love Bill Murray, and in Groundhog Day he plays TV weatherman Phil Connors, who is sent to cover his third Groundhog Day event, which he absolutely hates. After covering the event, a blizzard strikes forcing his crew to stay an extra night, and the following morning he discovers is February 2nd again, and again, and again. He’s trapped in Groundhog day without explanation and the comedy ensues. He starts the movies as a remarkably unlikable character, but as the days go on you get to feel for him as he tries to pass each February 2nd in a different way to try and escape the limbo he is stuck in. He goes through a villainous phase where he steals money and has the police chase after him. Then he goes through an altruistic phase, saving as many lives in one day as he possibly can. Then he tries to seduce his producer Rita, played wonderfully by Andie MacDowell, learning a little bit about her each day, and using that knowledge the “following” day to get even further into her pants, but fails repeatedly. Her ability to repeat the same lines, in the same way, over and over again is positively astounding, and feels like movie magic. Enough time passes for Murray’s character to learn how to play the piano and even make ice sculptures. Murray’s range is vast and his comedic delivery is expertly timed. I won’t spoil the ending for you, but if you haven’t seen the various close-ups of the clock timer slowly changing from 5:59 am, to 6:00 am, then you haven’t lived February 2nd nearly enough times.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

what if there is no tomorrow?