Palm Springs

I’ve read that Bill Murray and Harold Ramis had huge fights over how Groundhog Day was going to be created.  Murray wanted a film that feature existential questions while Ramis wanted something more of a screwball comedy.  It seems as though the film ended up somewhere in the middle and that both men must have gotten at least a little bit of their way.  Palm Springs seems to pick up a little bit where Groundhog Day left off.  The main characters are placed into a situation where they are to question (along with the viewer) what makes up a life and what it means to have a tomorrow.   Is it so wrong to have a life filled with comfort?  What does the person in such a role owe the others that are not in the same role?  And so on.

While I enjoyed the movie I wouldn’t say that it is great.  The leads were excellent (Samberg is a revelation) and the story was good even though I found the science part of the resolution to be pretty iffy.  The movie was fun to watch and that’s often the most you can hope for.

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Movie title: Palm Springs

Movie description: When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.

Date published: 2020-07-10

Director(s): Max Barbakow

Actor(s): Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons, Tyler Hoechlin, Camila Mendes, Peter Gallagher, Meredith Hagner, Chris Pang, Tongayi Chirisa, Jacqueline Obradors, Dale Dickey, Brian Duffy, June Squibb, Conner O'Malley, Jena Friedman, Martin Kildare, Lilli Birdsell, Ryan Sturtz, Clifford V. Johnson, Calki Garcia, Isla Sellers

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Science Fiction

My Review

I’ve read that Bill Murray and Harold Ramis had huge fights over how Groundhog Day was going to be created.  Murray wanted a film that feature existential questions while Ramis wanted something more of a screwball comedy.  It seems as though the film ended up somewhere in the middle and that both men must have gotten at least a little bit of their way.  Palm Springs seems to pick up a little bit where Groundhog Day left off.  The main characters are placed into a situation where they are to question (along with the viewer) what makes up a life and what it means to have a tomorrow.   Is it so wrong to have a life filled with comfort?  What does the person in such a role owe the others that are not in the same role?  And so on.

While I enjoyed the movie I wouldn’t say that it is great.  The leads were excellent (Samberg is a revelation) and the story was good even though I found the science part of the resolution to be pretty iffy.  The movie was fun to watch and that’s often the most you can hope for.

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