One of the constant pursuits of man, throughout the ages, has been looking for a way out of the rut and the monotony of life. And after thousands of years of pondering over this great question we, the most intelligent of all species seem to have finally concluded with the answer, heck, we cannot.
Groundhog Day on the other hand breathes in fresh air with the question it ponders upon: is our life really monotonous? Phil (Bill Murray) is stuck in a day, the famous Groundhog Day. Every day he wakes up to the same people, same events.
There are roles that feel tailored only for certain actors. Whatever role Murray plays, it always feels like it. Bill Murray is without a doubt one of the greatest actors of all time. He has unparalleled comic timing and reeks of innocence. It is one of those movies where you feel to send fan mail to the casting director, for if anyone but Murray had played it, Groundhog Day would have felt like a morose existential drama.
Yet, here it is, one of the funniest movies you will ever watch. Everyone would be hell excited to watch this movie when they get to know the premise. It is one of the most original ones in cinema, yet once it starts, there is no denying, there will be serious doubts in your mind whether this experiment will falter. You are basically watching the same day 20 times or more! But, never fret.
Harold Ramis takes a great idea and converts it into a masterpiece. It appeals both to the mind and the heart. Most of the time, comedies do
not come into the consideration of the ‘serious critics’ for they consider them, for some banal reason, not artworks. Groundhog Day is a fist in the face of that. It is a downright comedy with one of the most intelligent plots of all time.
It leaves us with a beautiful message: Live every day of your life like there is no tomorrow, like literally there is no tomorrow. Life it in a way as if you wouldn’t mind being stuck in that day for the rest of your life.
Groundhog Day is an original, complex and hilarious movie, which stays with you long after it ended. Without a doubt, a must watch.
RATING : 9.4 / 10
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